Alt-R&B talent Downtown Kayoto has shared his new single 'Hello World'.
Soulful musicality ringed by darkness, Downtown Kayoto allows his music to channel some vastly personal feelings.
Matching club tropes - the finale is sheer breakbeat heaven - to his R&B leaning vocal, he's able to conjure an aesthetic reset that pushes his songwriting into a fresh space.
Born in Zimbabwe but raised in Hill, Downtown Kayoto's journey has been a singular one. 'Hello World' seemingly began from a single phrase - he comments...
"It’s a phrase typed into a new computer program to initiate, before more code is written. It symbolises me placing my flag down into the ground and marking a new starting point both from an artistic and a visual standpoint.”
The song was sculpted during the loneliness and isolation of the pandemic. He recalls: "In the midst of it I found out that I was lonely and didn’t know how to articulate it, usually I try and be vague about my feelings when making music, but I say it confidently in the pre-chorus of this song (“Hello world, I been feeling kinda lonely and I won’t lie.”)”
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Robin Niedojadlo
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