Chikaya – Descend [EP Review]

A city known for championing individuality, expression and creativity – Bristol has been at the centre of producing some of this year’s most inspiring new artists; one of which is blue-haired cosmic songstress Chikaya.

Dancing on the fringes of experimental, synth-heavy electronic r&b – her vocal prowess is as eclectic as her style. A genre-bending, self-professed sci-fi lover, Chikaya has been working alongside her flatmate (who remains anonymous) creating a back catalogue of beats leading up to this release.

Recently chosen by BBC Radio 1’s Jamz Supernova as her number 1 on BBC 1XTRA’s Top 5 EP’S, ‘Descend’ transitions from playful to contemplative, encompassing both the warmer and soulful tones of the Bristol-based vocalist. Ambiguous yet poignant wordplay weaves between spacey synths, wholesome bass and cinematic breakdowns, echoing her creative influences (Hans Zimmer, Sci-fi and Cosmic Pixel Art) and presenting a cosmic realm in which to escape.

With support from Toddla T & Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1XTRA, Charlie Ashcroft at Amazing Radio and Music Crowns, Dummy Mag & FACT Mag among others; we’re really looking forward to seeing what is next for this Chikaya. You can keep up to date and check out ‘Descend’ here.