Rarelyalways released his brilliant ‘Baby Buffalo’ EP last October to critical acclaim. Pitchfork praised the Hackney raised jazz musician, producer and vocalist for carving out a niche of his own, whilst Billboard, amongst others, boldly predicted big things on the horizon.
Fast forward 6 months and the recently released ‘Lamenting’ provided further evidence of his distinctive style and flavor. The second single to be taken from his upcoming ‘Manic’ EP, penned for release on June 11 is ‘Hungry. Produced by Hanni El Khatib, grime, trip hop & jazz effortlessly intermingle with his unique, skeletal flow.
"Putting this song together was one of the most challenging moments I’ve had as an artist,” he explains. “If I have to describe it in one word, I’d say it’s unapologetic." Most of the lyrics were written in his final years at secondary school, in the aftermath of the Mark Duggan shooting.
Rarelyalways releases his new EP Baby Buffalo on October 30, 2020
“synthesizes his influences while effortlessly carving out a niche for himself” - Pitchfork
"Listen to it yourself to hear how brilliant it is. It made my jaw hit the floor the first time I heard it’” - Billboard
"Rarelyalways is about to blow up in a big way. This song is evidence of a master talent at work.” - Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1
“a concise exhibition of his minimalist swagger” - The Fader
“This guy is FIRE” - Gilles Peterson
“Impossible to pin down” - Clash
“one of the best new rappers and lyricists in the UK coming out of the jazz world.” - Phil Taggart
“exceptional... one of the most unique projects you’ll hear this year” - COLORS
“perfect fusion of UK Hip Hop and jazz” - Jamz Supernova
Clash's Track of The Day post for the latest by Rarelyalways claims that the "Hackney polygot is impossible to pin down....The swaggering electronics that run through 'Another' point towards the influence of hip-hop, while the sub-zero electronics come straight out of the grime sketch book." Upcoming EP Baby Buffalo will release on October 30, 2020.
Matt Wilkinson of Apple Music premiered "Caption" by Rarelyalways on his radio show recently claiming: "This is where people like Arlo Parks, Fontaines D.C. & slowthai got their break when they were starting out. Today we add to that list another incredible talent. Rarelyalways is about to blow up in a big way." Shortly thereafter, Pitchfork shared the track and said of the artist: "he synthesizes his influences while effortlessly carving out a niche for himself." Expect more from Rarelyalways later this year with his upcoming EP Baby Buffalo.