Following the critically acclaimed singles 'Roll Wid Us' and 'Bullshit', multi-talented north Londoner Akala returns on April 10 with the Jimi Hendrix-inspired 'The Edge', which precedes the release of the genre-defying debut album 'It's Not A Rumour' (due out April 24).
'The Edge' is a raucous blend of live instruments, guitar riffs and hip hop samples over which Akala spits with his usual clarity. The relentless energy of the track is elevated further by featured vocalist Niara (a former songwriter for Sugababes). Since growing disillusioned with modern rap's obsession with bling, violence and amorality as a teenager, Akala's been on the hunt for as many different genres as he can absorb: "Over the last 5 years I've become increasingly frustrated by the rap world because of the repetitive production and bollocks lyrics," he explains.
Akala cites artists as varied as Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bob Marley and The White Stripes as influences, and this eclecticism is evident not only on the single, but also on both his forthcoming debut album and live gigs.
The debut album 'It's Not A Rumour' follows on May 1st
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