Having just released his new single ‘Chains’, we caught up with musician and 19fifty7 label founder J Appiah to find out some of the tracks that have influenced him. 

His first solo single this year, ‘Chains’ is an atmospheric, effervescent electronic cut that ripples along with suave grace and nuanced, layered intricacy. Tinged with melancholic tones, the track gradually builds from sparse ambience flourishing into a hypnotic array of lo-fi undulating beats and celestial melodies alongside J Appiah’s poised, velveteen vocals.

Having toured as a backing vocalist for Jesse Glynne & Wilkinson as well as featuring on tracks from Michael Kiwanuka, Footsie and Damian Lazarus, amongst others, J Appiah is now focussing on his own solo work and we can’t wait to hear more.

Get to know J Appiah In Five…

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song 

This song influenced me because it was as so raw and acoustic. To hear an artist speak so honestly and to an acoustic guitar that doesn’t sound the cleanest it really resonated with me.

Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues

Again a song that influences me because of how Marvin expresses his frustration and I think music is often a great tool and outlet to let out a little frustration. It’s always been a form of therapy for me and Marvin falsetto sounds so beautiful but tackling real social issues. The fact that artists I grew up listening to and loving like D’Angelo were so influenced by Marvin’s work. So soulful a major influence.

Wookie – Battle 

One straight from the UK .. I was very influenced by Wookies work it was underground but also cut through into the clubs. Great songs and such vibey beats and an element of spirituality to his music.

Ebow Taylor –  Come Along

One of so many Afro beats vibes I could have chosen along with Fela “Zombie” but this one is such a dope song with that African groove. Growing up in a Ghanaian house this is the stuff I would hear my mum playing along with so much high life. King sunny Ade, daddy Lumba etc

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge

Struggled to decide between this and Radiohead paranoid android. I was influenced by a lot of rock growing up, song I would play along to when I would go to classical music school on the weekend to learn some acoustic guitar.

Five songs are so hard for me to pick! Honourable mentions: Cold play – Yellow, Musiq Soulchild – just friends, Beatles – Elenor Rigby, Massive Attack – Teardrop.

‘Chains’ is out now.