We spoke to Chikaya, the cosmic blue haired new age singer-songwriter who made waves last year with her debut EP Descend.
Singing over beats produced by her flatmate, who remains anonymous, the duo have been able to create a trail of ethereal magic, which has culminated in her 6 track EP which was featured as number 1 in Jamz Supernova’s top 5 new EPs on BBC Radio 1Xtra and well as racking up plays from Toddla T, Phil Taggart, Charlie Ashcroft and more.
The mood of the EP evolves from song to song, gradually transitioning from playful to contemplative. Though her wording is often ambiguous, messages of wisdom can be derived from the singer/songwriter’s elegantly woven lyrics, sung in a voice both warmly textured and chillingly soulful. Rich with reverb, her voice shines majestically atop a sonic bedding of spacey synths and wholesome bass.
Having racked up support from Music Crowns, Dummy Mag and FACT Mag among others, the singer-songwriter has also featured on Youtube music channels including 1-800-LOVE-U, FOMH and dynmk and has just recently been remixed by Bristol Grime producer Lemzlydale’s alias Pea Whitey.
We caught up with the Bristol-based artist to find out about five tracks that have been important to her throughout her life.
SPOOKY BLACK – Without You
When this came out, I must have listened to it a thousand times, It was on repeat for weeks! I’m pretty sure i speak for a lot of people too. He just captured the mood perfectly and i’ll always go back to this song.
OUTCAST – Spottieottie
Andre 3000 is my favourite rapper, I could listen to him all day. I chose ‘spottiottie’ in particular because it just always makes me happy listening to it
KINGS OF LEON – Arizona
I listened to a lot of KOL, when i was a teen, they’re older albums Pre 2008 were so sick.
‘Arizona’ is one of my all time favourite songs.
Lyrically, Instrumentally and vocally Its really beautiful from start to finish.
MICHAEL JACKSON – Rock with you
Michael Jackson has always been in my life, ‘Moonwalker’ was the film i watched religiously on video as a child.
Theres so many classics but I’ve gone for ‘Rock With You’ because its so damn silky smooth haha, and that Silver outfit in the music video was legendary.
KELELA – A Message
I really look up to Kelela, I just really enjoy her as an artist and a female in the public eye who expresses herself genuinely.
Watched her live this year and i was mesmerised when she sang this!