22-year-old singer-songwriter and producer XamVolo is a wunderkind-in-waiting, one bursting at the seams to show off his many, many talents. The Merseyside (UK) resident, who describes his sound as “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves”, has already received ardent support from the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Mistajam, DJ Target and Julie Adenuga as well as widespread plays on BBC 1Xtra, Radio X and 6 Music, for his recent track ‘Runner’s High’.
His latest single, ‘Down’ (taken from his forthcoming ‘Chirality EP’), is set to take things up a notch. Listen here
The song tackles the inner battle many of us have with our own inhibitions – as we try to balance our personal relationships with the pursuit of our goals. As Xam explains, “A few years ago when I just started out, I held the mindset that the less of a ‘life’ you had, the more work you could put in to achieve what you desired. I still feel there’s some truth to that, but I now realise that having that ‘life’ is important because avoiding life experiences will eventually leave you with nothing to say”
‘Down’ once again showcases a level of maturity far beyond Xam’s years and its brooding, eclectic mixture of Jazz and Soul over a hypnotic beat brings to mind contemporaries such as Anderson Paak and Hiatus Kaiyote.
“Ultimately, I want to create a community sharing the mindset I express through my music” says XamVolo. “First I’ve got to set the scene and show people the full spectrum of what I represent creatively.”
XamVolo has written, produced and arranged his forthcoming ‘Chirality EP’. The four track collection, with its wide ranging mix of influences and uniquely contemporary, commanding sounds, firmly positions XamVolo as one of the most exciting new talents around. He is now working on his debut album with Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange producers; Paul Phamous and Malay.