G Elenil is on the precipice of dropping her stunning new EP Kin on the the 4th of May. Her single ‘Good Time’ premiered with an excellent reception on triple j, and the EP is sure to put her on the map and expose her to a wider audience. A record with pop influences, peppered with hip hop inspiration, and a contrast of dark and light tones, Kin shows many sides of an exceptionally diverse artist.

G Elenil has said of the EP, “each song on Kin was made in a unique way. Some music for the album was written by me and brought to frequent collaborator, tomtom; others were made together during long studio days, bouncing between moods. It took just over 6 months for the full EP to take shape and in that time the music developed a unique story, gently reflecting my experiences in that time.”

With the release of the EP right around the corner, G Elenil took us on a journey through some of the music that inspired her new EP, and gave us some background on why these songs speak to her as an artist.

10- French Montana – Unforgettable

The happy/sad/epic vibe of this song is what inspired the song Good Time. Swae Lee’s delivery is so spot on that emotion of being in the moment with someone. The song is just a vibe.

9- Chance the Rapper – Cocoa Butter Kisses

I love hearing musicians singing about family. This is one of those songs you never forget. In ten years it’ll be like Hey Ya.

8- Kash Kal- FKN OATH

First rapper I’ve seen to a trap track and lean in to their accent. It heavily inspired me to be more honest with my delivery and write lyrics with the intention of drawing attention to who I am and what I really sound like.

7- Childish Gambino – The Party

Listening to gambino rap on that weird rhythmic crunch sound is really unique and still mega soulful and natural. It pushed me to be more open minded with selecting sounds and styles.

6- Cardi B – Bodak Yellow

How could I not?

5- Funkadelic – Hit It and Quit It

If you just listen, you won’t be telling yourself how to react to the music or how to sing what you’re singing. You’ll just enjoy it.

4- DRAM – Broccoli

Sometimes you just want to be happy. I love how DRAM uses his amazing voice to its full potential and just makes it feel natural. I wanted to reflect that energy in my EP.

3- Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty

Rihanna is my hero with that relaxed, deep, strong voice. I love it. And Kendrick pops on everything.

2- Ms. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

Ms. Lauryn Hill is such an wise, diverse artist. Looking up to her is what inspired me to be more musical and to pay more attention to what I’m really saying. She also has an amazing outlook on life, inspiration and art.

1- Kanye West – Ultralight Beam

The first time I heard this song I cried, and I’ll never forget it.