[R]aheem Bakare is South London’s latest soul export. Growing up on a diet of D’Angelo, Musiq Soulchild and Boyz II Men it’s hardly a surprise that the musician is being hailed as one of the capital’s smoothest new artists. Here he premieres “Ups and Downs”, with a video directed by Hunger’s Remi Laudat.
“I wrote the song with Javal Stewart,” says Raheem. “He came to me with a track he thought was dope and I brought out the guitar and started a progression. Because of how late the session started, all I had was the progression and chorus vocals by 4am but we got in for another session a fortnight after and the lyrics and melodies just worked out. As smooth as butter on toast,” he laughs.