Kygo, the Norwegian house DJ born as Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, continues challenging and changing the landscape of popular music. After releasing two successful albums, Cloud Nine and Kids In Love, Kygo now has a third album called Golden Hour. This album has 18 amazing tracks that can influence fans to bump their heads for countless hours. In fact, 12 of the tracks in Golden Hour are accompanying six other tracks that Kygo already released. Those tracks are the international hit cover of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love”, “Like It Is” with Zara Larsson and Tyga, “I’ll Wait” with Sarah Sloan, “Freedom” with Zak Abel and “The Truth” with Valerie Broussard. Golden Hour is out now via Sony Music and fans can start downloading and streaming the album.
The beginnings of Golden Hour
During 2018, Kygo began to assemble what would become Golden Hour between a marathon of touring. While writing music throughout the year, he simultaneously partnered with Sony to launch his own label and management company, Palm Tree Records. Taking an active role in signing and promoting artists, songwriters, and producers, he hit his stride in the studio alongside Palm Tree talent, including Petey Martin, Nick Furlong, Valerie Boussard, and Dreamlab. This “family” approach added a new dimension to the process.
“I was fortunate enough to work with some of my favorite artists and writers, “ he affirms. “There are quite a few songs on the album where I had the chance to collaborate with our team. These are artists I believe in. Working with some of my favorite up-and-coming musicians really made these songs special for the album.”Kygo describing his collaboration with diverse artists on Golden Hour.
Prominent tracks of Golden Hour
The most recognizable track from Golden Hour is Kygo’s cover of Whitney Houston’s 1990 single ‘Higher Love’. This famous song is actually also a cover of the original track that English singer Steve Winwood produced and released in 1986. Nearly two decades later, the Whitney Houston Estate reached out to Kygo with the archival recording of Whitney Houston’s cover. Since then, ‘Higher Love’ has peaked at #1 on Billboard Dance Club Songs and #63 on the Billboard Hot 100. Similarly, ‘Like It Is’ featuring Zara Larsson and Tyga provided a fantastic medley of musical talents from the three artists.
‘Like It Is’ combined Kygo’s melodies, airy drums, and delicate piano playing with Zara Larsson’s world-class vocals and Tyga’s rhythmic rapping. Additionally, Kygo’s collaborative single with Sasha Sloan, ‘I’ll Wait’, is a soulful tropical house anthem. ‘Freedom’ featuring Zak Abel matched Kygo’s signature musical style with Zak Abel’s outstanding steeple-sounding voice. Furthermore, popular electronic music singer Valerie Broussard also provided her vocals for ‘The Truth’.
Kygo’s success so far
The Norwegian house producer has attained numerous achievements in the international house music scene for the past several years. Kygo became the first house music producer to perform at the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. He won the “Break-Through Solo Artist” and “Break-Through DJ” awards at the 2016 International Dance Music Awards. Concurrently, Kygo won “Best Live Act” at the 2018 International Dance Music Awards. He also been nominated for “Top Dance/Electronic Artist” at the 2018 and 2019 Billboard Music Awards, as well as receiving a nomination for “Dance Artist of the Year” at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The grand scale of Golden Hour may result in Kygo receiving another nomination or award in the near future.