Artist, poet, rapper and all round modern Renaissance man Kojey Radical has just launched a new single 'After Winter' and it's brilliant of course. Poetic, confident and brash with minimal but heavy production and great lyrics – favourite line "I saw Roots before I saw Toy Story".
The single launch follows a week long feature on Beats 1 as Julie Adenuga's UK Represent Artist and follows a busy six months of touring, brand collaborations and general creativity.
Kojey on the new track: “'After Winter' was the first song we wrote and recorded after '23Winters', I remember feeling like I always made it such a conscious effort to consider everything I say in my music and in order to find freedom I had to let go and trust in my skill… I felt brand new, I felt a sense confidence that I could embark on a new journey and speak my truth in a way that offers all walks of life another perspective. 'After Winter' serves as a page in a story of a young man trying to find his voice in a world that no longer feels like utopia. Art imitates life, and I amongst much of my generation can feel a shift that is almost paralysing in its confusion and now we’re going to see that reflected in our creativity and in our actions… 'After Winter', expect change.”
The artwork for the single is also pretty special:
Catch Kojey live at the following dates:
LOVE SAVES THE DAY // BRISTOL: 25.05
LILLE VEGA // COPENHAGEN: 26.05
HUDSON BALLROOM // SYDNEY // AUSTRALIA: 08.06
THE CURTIN // MELBOURNE // AUSTRALIA: 09.06
HOBART // TASMANIA // AUSTRALIA: 11.06
REDBULL SOUND SELECT // NEW ZEALAND: 23.06
DARK MATTER // MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 13.07
AFROPUNK // LONDON: 22.07