Bit By Bit
Following a MOBO Award for his debut album 'It's Not A Rumour', Akala is back with his sophomore release, "Freedom Lasso," out October 1st through his own label Illa State, Check out Bit By Bit, the first single to be taken from the album.
Musically, lyrically and philosophically, "Freedom Lasso" travels far beyond Akala's debut. Reflecting the disorder and flux of contemporary life, "Freedom Lasso" is an energetic and visionary essay on the modern way, drawing influences from the whole spectrum of music - dance, rap, rock, punk and folk. Together with longtime producing partner Rez, the pair have created a body of work that shifts even further from hip hop's dominant beats-and-rhymes-and-braggadocio model: The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Prince, Andre 3000, The Prodigy, Tricky and Nine Inch Nails make strange bedfellows, yet they all feature as emerging influences on an artist who's put in time figuring out how he sees rock 'n' roll history fit together.
Akala - 23 year-old Kingslee Daley - has emerged from London's hip hop underground as one of the leaders of this new artistic renaissance. In 2006 Akala won the best Hip Hop MOBO award for his debut album 'It's Not A Rumour' - an incendiary eleven-track package of dazzling lyricism, muscular hip hop attitude and irresistibly musical appeal best exemplified by his Radio 1-playlisted single, "Shakespeare". Since then Akala's talents have easily transcending the insularity of the hip hop circuit and taken him far and wide. He has rocked live spots on Radio 1 and warmed up for artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. At the same time he has tirelessly taken his acclaimed live show not only across the country but as far a field as Nigeria and Vietnam where he performed the first ever Hip-Hop show in the country's history at the behest of the British Council.