Kygo has been inching closer and closer to full on pop icon status since the moment his career began budding a few short years ago. The 25 year old Norwegian export has brought electronic music to new spaces each year. Collaborations with stars like John Legend and Dillon Francis have helped the young tropical house proponent climb the rungs, but with his latest, its safe to say he has now reached the top of the totem. Recruiting another huge collaborator in former Disney kid superstar Selena Gomez, the pair have come together on “It Ain’t Me,” a track that will likely stand out as the premier offering in Kygo’s catalog from here forward. On the new selection, Gomez officially ushers Kygo into pop stardom with an anthemic hybrid of singalong pop and poolside-primed downtempo house.
Selena Gomez matches her flawless pitch with Kygo’s peaceful piano melody, centered by an infectious hook that you’ll have on repeat all day. The track comes together with a smooth, docile energy that carries throughout the tune, building to a softened breakdown. And while the new track may not be designed to live on dance floors or festival stages, it is ready for sweeping radio domination this summer.
While Kygo’s latest original work offers a lot to love, the new collaboration leaves little to anticipate. Its safe and calculated, and it’s bound to result in adorned airwave adoption this year. The tune features everything we know we’ve come to love about Kygo, so what “It Ain’t Me” lacks in spontaneity, it makes up for in unadulterated pop perfection.