Zimbabwe-born, Hull-based musician Downtown Kayoto, is making immense noise with his latest single "Lite,” serving as a taste of his forthcoming EP, 'Learning In Public,' set to release on July 6th.
Downtown Kayoto's unique blend of bouncing house, trap, and UK Grime, influenced by the likes of Kaytranada and Skepta, showcases his potent delivery and unmistakable style. With a wide range of influences and a knack for introspective lyrics, Downtown Kayoto explores themes of futility, self-doubt, and artistic growth in "Lite."
Produced by Frank Scoca, "Lite" seamlessly merges different musical genres, creating an energetic and dynamic track. Downtown Kayoto's powerful lyrics delve into the struggle with fomo (fear of missing out) and the frustration of feeling stagnant, particularly during a period when he took a break from studies to pursue music.
He reflects on the realization that reinvention and growth are necessary, even when expectations don't align with reality. Through "Lite," Downtown Kayoto provides listeners with an intimate and relatable glimpse into his journey as an artist.
Accompanying the release is a visually captivating music video, directed by Joe Howat, the video pays homage to various iconic scenes and references from films like Fight Club and Belly, as well as music videos from A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean - what references can you spot?
Downtown Kayoto's musical prowess extends beyond traditional genre boundaries. His non-conformist approach to songwriting and music creation allows him to transcend expectations and create a truly unique sound. Inspired by his surroundings in the Yorkshire market town of Hull, Downtown Kayoto blends influences from various genres, resulting in a genreless and borderless sonic experience. With each release, he continues to surprise listeners with his innovative and unpredictable style.
The upcoming EP, 'Learning In Public,' is set to solidify Downtown Kayoto's position as an artist on the brink of something special. With the release of "Lite" and the previous singles "In2you," "Run from you," and "Changed it," the EP promises a diverse and compelling collection of tracks. Downtown Kayoto's ability to blend genres seamlessly and deliver introspective lyrics will undoubtedly captivate new and old listeners. Poised to make a significant impact with his genreless sound and unwavering artistic vision, Downtown Kayoto is a name that isn’t going away anytime soon.