Barney Artist makes for a blissful listening experience. Melodic hip hop. Check. Shoulder-dropping jazz and electronic arrangements. Check, check. And all the aforementioned rises up to meet the slick, laidback flow of the East London rapper – and it’s no wonder, with widespread influences ranging from The Roots to A Tribe Called Quest.
And as a burgeoning presence on the UK rap scene, he’s already proving himself quite the king of collaboration, with upcoming sounds featuring Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, George the Poet, Emmavie, Dornik and Alfa Mist – to name just a few.
“Apologies” is the newly-dropped big-hitter, all hazy saxophone notes soundtracking Barney Artist’s soothing drawl (watch the visuals below).
“Arguments are an integral part of relationships,” explains Barney Artist. “My theory is the more you love someone, the more prone you are to arguing with them. ‘Apologies’ is about the thoughts you have after having a massive barney. Pardon the pun.”
And this is just a warm up. Watch out for his glittering debut album, Home Is Where The Art Is, out on 21 September.