Bakar continues his string of releases with new single ‘Play’. The London artist – who over the last few years has become one of the freshest and most vital new voices in UK music
Produced by Bakar and longtime collaborator Zach Nahome, ‘Play’ continues to build on the global success of 2019’s “Will You Be My Yellow” EP and its standout sleeper hit “Hell N Back”, which has been streamed over 100 million times to date globally and is accredited ARIA Gold.
Much of Bakar’s music pays tribute to classic songwriting, full of warmth and wordplay. But Bakar’s is an undeniably contemporary take, in part informed by his first generation British experience (“I make black music. We’re hip hop kids – everything comes from that place”) and a network of likeminded global collaborators and peers: whether collaborating with Kenny Beats, Dominic Fike and BENEE or absorbing knowledge from the likes of Skepta, A$AP Mob or Virgil Abloh. In contrast, he hasn’t had a phone for two years so he can always be focused on songwriting rather than social media, instead spending his time writing songs on the move, whether on the tube or walking the streets.
Meanwhile, Bakar continues to work on a new album. The follow up to Badkid, his acclaimed 2018 debut album, will be released in 2021.