Newcomer Julian Mika is indicative of London’s cultural melting pot: raised in North-West London, born in Rome to a Sicilian mother and American father, he represents the multiculturalism our capital boasts.
Following up his debut track ‘Know To’, ‘Pattern’ takes a joyous afrobeats-leaning beat (the work of Jelani Blackman‘s DJ Jamurai) and blends it with Mika’s dark-edged yet highly relatable lyricism.
“When Jamurai played me the beat I instantly felt a blend of good vibes mixed with an undercurrent of melancholy, a place I find interesting to write from,” Mika says. “At first the listener can definitely get into the vibe (and even buss a lil’ two-step) but once you dig a bit deeper you’ll discover a mix of empowerment and paranoia, facing your personal struggles; whatever it is your going through, and harnessing that feeling to overcome them.
“I hope people hear it and use it to guide them out of a bad place by not avoiding their problems, but facing them and growing from there.”
Watch the video, which Mika describes as “the yin and yang life comes with”, now: