‘CAPTION’ IS the first single to be taken from Rarelyalways’ upcoming ‘Baby Buffalo’ EP, and it’s videro is out today.
Early grime inspired his approach on the track, which embraces eventful snapshots with enough courage to frame them.
“So glad I never dismissed this riddim,” he says. “I stumbled across my old hard-drive and couldn’t resist giving it a good old polish.”
Directed by himself and filmed/edited by Mark Kamara, it’s accompanying visual follows the development of a young person, from toddler to grown man.
He had this to say on it: “The video is simply snap-shots of a figure who has a weak support network with an unlimited amount of freedom, which could be perceived as abandonment.
“Throughout the scenes we frame awkward moments as we see this figure age via his shoe size.”
Delving deep into the Hackney raised jazz musician, producer and vocalists vast skillset developed from a dizzying array of musical education and practice, ‘Baby Buffalo’ doesn’t really do the expected.
He has walked his own path, absorbing culture and music from even the most unlikely sources, always focused on the big picture.
Subtle hints of great British one-offs like Tricky, Roots Manuva or a more laid-back Dizzee Rascal are strewn across his scintillating four track debut, but ‘Baby Buffalo’ is a unique statement of intent; a whole ethical framework and worldview carefully constructed and boiled down into a clear, concise and easy to grasp expression.
Rarelyalways was always absorbed by music. His single dad was a drummer, playing mainly gospel.
At home he heard Motown and reggae most of all, and thanks to his family’s West African background, lots of Fela and other Afrobeat.
At school he played percussion in Samba bands and learned classical instruments, but what he truly obsessed over was film music, notably Harry Potter and School of Rock. “Not going to lie, that film got me playing bass,” he admits.
A self-confessed ‘old head,’ he immersed in Led Zeppelin, Bob James and Earl Klugh, and if he listened to modern music it was stuff that echoed that seventies era.