In the run up to Saturday’s pre-release of his debut EP, The Bus Stop, emerging South London emcee AKS sends “House Called Home” into the mix. Chillingly kicking off with an exert from Enoch Powell’s politically controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech, the Chemo-produced track explores AKS’ take on attitudes towards immigration, his identity as a British-Born African and a sense of belonging.
Flowing effortlessly over a resounding kick drum, AKS uses his trademark lyrical musings to paint a socially aware picture of life through the eyes of a young member of UK’s ethnic minorities, emotively expressing the displacement and seclusion felt. This track is bound to provoke some conversations revisiting the immigration issue on both sides of the fence – and it definitely sets the tone for the type of material we can expect on The Bus Stop EP.
Hailed by many as a needed addition to the shrinking breed of credible UK Hip Hop artists known for staying true to the artform and culture, AKS has been on a steady rise over the last two years with the release of consistently excellent music and moving live performances, refusing to compromise musically in an increasingly commercial environment.
His 2009 mixtape, A Miracle in the Making, boasts fan-favourite ‘This 80’s Baby’ – as featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra and his groundbreaking performance on the popular online music platform The Cordless Show – culminating in significant co-signs from several veterans and key names in UK rap including TY, Swiss and 2009 Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle.
Definitively putting his mind, body and soul on the line for you with this intimate record, AKS invites you to join his musical journey at The Bus Stop with his heart on his sleeve – all you need to do now is press play.