Leo Napier emerged from the New York electronic music scene after contributing several songs to projects by pioneering DJ/producers Griz and Gramatik. His soulful vocals and poignant lyrics were even strong enough to capture the attention of Wu-Tang Clan’s, Raekwon, who appears alongside Napier on Gramatik’s most successful single to date, ‘Native Son’. The London based soul singer is ready to step into the spotlight with the release of his debut single ‘Dime’ 21st October 2016. Watch trailer here.
‘Dime’ is about the pursuit of the perfect woman. A concept that led to a collaboration with anonymous London-based artist, Pandemonia, a 7 ft tall latex-clad human who is the personification of celebrity and idealised femininity. This constructed figure is an archetype of pop myth and reality, the notion that lies behind ‘Dime’s’ killer music video directed by Dan Blake.
Influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Bruno Mars, it is clear that the hallmark of Napier’s sound is the ability to stitch traditional R&B/Soul with modern production punctuated by his mischievous raspy voice and cheeky lyrics.
Leo Napier is certainly an artist to watch and with his earworm of a single due to drop on 21st October, this won’t be the last you’ll hear from this talented upcoming British artist.