It’s not often that an artist comes along with a truly unique demeanour, one that stands out as incomparable to the rest of the landscape. North-West London’s Kiko Bun is one of these rare artists, offering a contemporary voice for his generation over music that feels timeless.
Kiko has crafted a refreshing and contemporary sound based on the re-emergence of reggae, soul and golden era hip-hop that continues to infiltrate mainstream music. He’s long-revelled in the joy of crate-digging, crafting sample-based beats and creating roots-heavy reggae music, but it’s time that the wider world got to share this feeling.
His music, while influenced by the rhythms and big bass sounds of Panama, reflects the lifestyle of young London, spending a Saturday afternoon chilling in the park, as the sun begins to weaken and time feels like it’s slowing, a contrast to the image of the constant rush of a metropolitan nine-to-five that is imposed upon us so often. It’s a reflection of Kiko’s laidback lifestyle, and the reason why his fan-base has been building rapidly on the festival circuit following performances at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Leeds and Reading. And it’s no surprise that afternoons are Kiko’s favourite time both to record and perform, watching the joy on his fans faces and observing how his music connects in real time.
After putting in the ground work to establish an authentic reggae sound over the past few years, working with the likes of , Alborosie, Shy Fx, Chase And Status, and Ticklah (of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) and Dan Smith (of The Noisettes), as well as receiving radio support from world renowned tastemakers such as Sir David Rodigan and Julie Adenuga, Kiko is ready to take things to the next level.