Kojaque, has released a video for his latest single “Coming Up.” Having recently produced for April and the NiNE8 Collective, toured with slowthai and Lana Del Rey, and released a collaborative mixtape with fellow Soft Boy alumni Luka Palm (‘Green Diesel’) last year, it was definitely a creative one for the artist. Watch out for more news on Kojaque’s debut album in early 2021.
‘Coming Up’ is a further window into the chaotic, cinematic but also deeply personal world at the heart of Kojaque’s hugely ambitious upcoming project. Introduced by the Armageddon-esque visuals for Shmelly – about feeling like you failed in a new city, and coming back to the same old shit – ‘Coming Up’ (says Kojaque) was “written after I’d come home from a party like last year. This dude who used to bully me in school was there and I remember him being a dickhead at the party. I could never stand up to him when I was a kid but I stood up to him that night, I think it took him by surprise and I remember being so pissed off because I let it effect me, it felt like being 15 again. It’s the sort of feeling that makes you wanna give up, but I snapped out of it and thought, no fuck that, I won’t let it affect me, I’m not a kid anymore. And I wrote ‘Coming Up’ that night. I think the tune was an effort to shake that feeling, it was kind of a fuck you.”
Kojaque’s mixed tape, Deli Daydreams became the first of its kind to be nominated for the Choice Music Prize in Ireland (following an outcry from critics and fans alike at its initial eligibility). Emerging in 2015 with a performance piece for ‘Midnight Flower’, Kojaque co-founded Soft Boy Records with Kean Kavanagh: a hub for genre-bending Irish hip-hop, jazz, and already the subject of its own Boiler Room documentary. The artist, has also toured with slowthai, Lana Del Rey, and become an award-winning film-maker (for his ‘Love In Technicolor’ film) and been invited to talk at Trinity College’s Philosophical Society, or develop work in residence for the RHA gallery.