These are exciting times to be alive, musically speaking. In almost every aspect, there’s a fascinating development taking place in the production of contemporary music with an emphasis being put on melding together the acoustic and native with the electronic and the digital. Admittedly it is not something that can or should be solely credited to the current crop of writers, producers and singers, but what is noteworthy is the direction in which this relationship is being taken.
Latest to this fold of sonic pioneers is XamVolo, a young native of Merseyside, who has already gathered support and air time across the likes of Radio 6, BBC1 Xtra and Radio X. Having just put the finishing touches to his soon-to-be-released second EP, Chirality, XamVolo has already released the hypnotic single Down earlier this month.
Simply put, this is suave sunshine music. A jazzy tinge with a soulful vocal performance layers itself over drum tracks and some subtle bass wobbles; it is a celebration of the marriage of the old and new in a manner that is setting a new standard for what we expect in music. Having already drawn comparisons to similar artists (fans of Anderson Paak and Hiatus Kaiyote should make a note of Xam), work is now under way for this twenty two year old’s debut album – something we should already be excited about, considering the firepower that is being brought in for the production team.
Until that LP comes out, there is already a small selection of Xam’s songwork available for us to enjoy, with a four track debut EP having already been released this year, February’s The Closing Scene, as well as a couple of other records in the shape of Rescue Me and Runner’s High. The latter has already featured prominently for the likes of Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, among others, and if Down is any indication of what is to come, then XamVolo is definitely a name to make a note of.
Words by Sion Ford