Leo Bhanji releases new single ‘Raw’ + announces new EP ‘Birth Videos’ (Dirty Hit)
releases new single ‘Raw’ via Dirty Hit
Announces new EP ‘Birth Videos’
“Poetic pop songs with a DIY spirit” – Pigeons and Planes
“Leo Bhanji is a gloomy electro pop mood” – FADER
“It’ll be interesting to see what else Leo Bhanji has up his sleeve” – Complex
“Leo Bhanji is perfectly fit to soundtrack such a momentous [time]” – Highsnobiety
Today London-based artist Leo Bhanji returns with his new single ‘Raw’, his first new music of 2021. ‘Raw’ is a delicate, insular snapshot inside the mind of one of the UK’s brightest rising stars, once again showcasing Leo’s ability to blend disparate genres of pop, r’n’b and hip hop into a seamless, self-produced sound as he questions “did I do you wrong, and did I let you down?”. The track, released today, is the first from his forthcoming EP ‘Birth Videos’ and arrives alongside the video shot by Sam Hiscox (Rex Orange County, Celeste, Rejjie Snow) around Leo’s hometown of Finsbury Park.
Speaking about the track and forthcoming EP, Leo says “This is music that I just wanted to keep learning with and look back on as something special kept from whatever was going on at the time; I don’t actually remember what was going on at the time, but that’s not important right now. I hope everyone enjoys it and is doing OK in general.”
The new music follows his debut EP No Guard, a defiant statement of intent from the rising star released last year in the height of lockdown. The project included standout single ‘Blade of Hope’, which was playlisted by BBC Radio 1.
Leo Bhanji was born in LA and resides in London, where he produces songs from his bedroom. Previous singles ‘Heart of Gold’, ‘Nope!’ and ‘Blood & Guts’ released in 2019 drew the attention of Dirty Hit, as well as the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, Complex, Highsnobiety, Pigeons and Planes, Dummy, Clash, and more. His work last year with ‘No Guard’ and stand alone single ‘Heathers’ cemented Leo as one of the UK’s most exciting artists.
Watch/stream ‘Raw’ here
Watch/listen to ‘Heathers’ here
Stream No Guard here
Watch ‘White Hills’ here