R&B Cutie Kyan Palmer Drops Slick New Single "Make It Up"

R&B Cutie Kyan Palmer Drops Slick New Single "Make It Up"

Two years ago, Kyan Palmer made the trek from Arizona to NYC to pursue a career with Republic Records. While he watched musicians succeed from the comfort of his office desk, a college project had him writing and recording his own song, "Burn Mona Lisa." Almost immediately, Kyan watched as his debut single -- the result of a class project, remember -- started climbing the charts and practically turned him into an overnight sensation.

Since then, the singer-songwriter has moved to Los Angeles and begun dropping a steady stream of pop and R&B singles. The man's got talent. It's almost a shame it was unveiled by accident, but we're pretty stoked that Kyan's class project has since led to even more insanely addictive anthems. Today, he dropped "Make It Up," a smooth dance track to fall for. We asked Kyan to tell us a little about the tune and here's what he said...

I wrote “Make It Up” with Charlie Snyder and Matthew Cozzi in a little home studio over a year ago. As people may know from my other songs, I have a lot of relationship struggles and I tend to be the one getting hurt in the end, but “Make It Up” was something different for a change.

This song is the lighthearted explanation for the reason I stay in a toxic relationship. I’m a very passionate person and I operate on a very all-or-nothing basis, so when I’m in a relationship with someone, I’m there through the good, the bad, and the ugly — even when I know we probably shouldn’t be together.

We wrote this song to switch the mood a bit and make a song that lets people acknowledge that there is still some good in every back and forth relationship. This song wasn’t even going to come out, but after taking some time away from it, I realized that it made me reminisce and remember some good times in my past, and I just had to share it with the world.

"Make It Up" opens with a pulsing electro-beat blooming as if it were underwater before expanding into a more full-fledged dance arrangement surrounding Kyan's smooth, steady vocals. He has that rich radio-ready voice; cool and stable when it needs to be, with a hint of flavor, but willing and ready to amp up the power for some high-reaching belt-out action. Throughout the track, those catchy club rhythms abound, percussive slaps offering a zest to the ceaseless snaps and sparkles that bounce around the soundscape. For the most part, the arrangement is unrelenting in its dynamic dance rhythms, but occassionally the track lays suspended just long enough for a melodic piano line to chime in or for Kyan's vocals to drop to a sultry hush. "Make It Up" is the quintessential sexy summertime anthem we didn't know we wanted, but don't blame Kyan when you're six shots deep and texting your ex while you've got this track blaring in the background.

Listen to "Make It Up" below and connect with Kyan on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his website.

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Featured photo by Jennica Abrams.

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