Returns with sun soaked soul-pop gem ‘Better With The Devil’ out 15th September via Kitsuné Musique
Rising London producer / singer-songwriter Khazali returns with a hazy, sun soaked soul-pop offering ‘Better With The Devil’ out 15th September through Kitsuné Musique and marks a musical evolution for the young musician. Channelling relatable lyricism through tender, fuzzy soul drenched melodies, the accompanying video clip, filmed at a 70s music producer’s Americana-style party house, conjures an arresting, surrealistic mood-piece.
Khazali says: “Better with the Devil is that warm, sober feeling. You feel like you’re cruising down a desert road in a vintage car. It might not technically be summer anymore, but I’m not rolling the windows up just yet.”
With a soft touch that floats above indie-electronic infused beats, recent Kitsuné Musique signee Khazali creates a brand of alternative pop that exists in a space that subtly references teenage influences; SBTRKT, Sampha, Little Dragon and HONNE. The aspiring artist spent his formative years at various underground London venues like Brixton’s The Windmill, incubators for the next wave of fellow genre-fluid acts like Sorry and Biig Piig, sharing a connection with the formative stages of his and their musical identities.
But it wasn’t his childhood dream to become a singer-songwriter. Although always keen on the arts in some form, Khazali’s journey was almost accidentally born out of using song-writing and poetry as a therapy for generalised anxiety disorder, diagnosed in his second year of graphic design studies at a small seaside-town university. His acclaimed debut EP, ‘Going Home, Vol. 1’ landed the number one spot on BBC 1Xtra’s ‘Top 5 EPs List’ in April and the London native continues his foray forwards with a brand new body of work.
2021 heralds the form of a cathartic 4-track EP, ‘Better with the Devil’, set to disco, house and synth tinted grooves. It tells the story of ‘a series of dreams about the chaotic breakdown of a California couple’s marriage’ where Khazali carefully fuses meditative pop vocals over electronic landscapes, aptly described by BBC Radio 1’s DJ Jaguar as a ‘vulnerable, electro indie hybrid sound’.
Khazali goes on to add: “My debut EP was really important to me, because I got a chance to unload years of writing in a package that felt right and also got to show how diverse I want my sound to be going forward. With ‘Better with the Devil’ EP, we created a whole universe based around my fears around love, loss and the future that I hope will want to make you dance”.
After a suggestion from sixth-form school peer and Slow Dance Records founder Marco Pini (of indie band Sorry), Khazali – who has not been classically trained in singing – began exploring his vocal range, and has found comfort in that expression. With ‘a naturally sunny disposition’ (Notion), his voice makes you ‘feel careless’ (C-Heads), with a unique style that spans melancholy, euphoria and dreaminess.