Looking back now, it feels apt that Bakar’s debut track was entitled ‘Big Dreams’. Less than 18 months on from its low-key release, the Camden-based singer-songwriter now boasts high-profile support from Skepta and Elton John. And as May’s mixtape, BADKID, continues to win over everyone exposed to it, significant success seems within very easy reach.
Though loosely rooted in lo-fi indie-rock, the lean, 11-track collection is a whirlwind of ideas, all of which are executed expertly and effortlessly. On ‘One Way’, choppy guitar-pop is a vehicle for venting, tackling life under Tory rule in burns like, “If the Government call, put my dick in their mouth / ‘Cause I’m back at my mum’s, I can’t even move out.” Elsewhere, ‘4am’ takes in DnB rhythms, ‘WTF’ offers woozy hip-hop production, and ‘BADlands’ melds spaced-out atmospherics with Bloc Party-esque post-punk, complete with clipped vocals that are reminiscent of Kele Okereke’s.
He cites the latter as a key influence, alongside Jay Dilla, Madlib, Pharrell and Foals. Not that he’s in thrall to his heroes, you understand. Indeed, as he told Pigeons and Planes back in February, “I’m coming for all my idols”.
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