The live performance was accompanied by a live sax performance, with production coming from Kwes Darko who has worked with slowthai consistently as well as artists like Denzel Curry.
“Kwes had given me his laptop one night on tour with slowthai and I came across the beat. I put it on my phone and wrote the whole tune the day we got off tour. The beat felt real eerie and chaotic and I think shit felt really turbulent for me at the time: the tour was an intense experience and I had spent the previous 4 months sleepin on couches around London looking for a gaff. All the while I was trying to make the album and just figure out what I was doing with myself”, Kojaque said.
“I gave up on living in London and it left me feeling like I’d failed and I was back where I was, so when I wrote ‘Shmelly’ I was dwelling on that feeling. I’d been away so long and came back to the same situation that I’d left – shit doesn’t really change in Dublin. I had Ryan Hargadon do the sax on the track and he killed it, we were going for that Untitled Unmastered sounding shit.”
The Cabra spitter has shared immersive new visuals to accompany the track, which sees him tied to a crane overlooking a desolate capital.
“We filmed it at the beginning of March right as the pandemic starting kicking in, it felt like a weird premonition because the world shut down as soon as we wrapped the video – it’s the best shit I think I’ve ever made.”
Kojaque also recently directed the video for ‘Emma‘ from fellow Soft Boy Kean Kavanagh’s forthcoming EP.