|MIKE SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “WAIT FOR ME” VIA NOISEY
BY THE WATER EP OUT NOW VIA HOUSE ANXIETY
ANNOUNCES DEBUT LONDON SHOW WITH NTS NOVEMBER 16TH
WATCH: “Wait For Me” –
By The Water –
Following the release of his EP By The Water, MIKE is back today to share a new video. “Wait For Me,” taken from the new project, receives a visual treatment courtesy of Elijah Maura and Elias Paulson in which MIKE somberly raps in front of handmade animations and illustrations.
In addition to the new video, MIKE is announcing his debut London show, presented by House Anxiety and NTS, November 16th at NINES in Peckham. Both audio and video of the show will be broadcast live worldwide from NTS’ website and Facebook, he will be joined on the night by fellow House Anxiety artist Jamie Isaac.
By The Water is available now digitally via House Anxiety and will be available as limited edition 12″ vinyl on November 17th. A brisk collection of four tracks, By The Water finds MIKE rapping over characteristically lo-fi, soulful, self produced beats, telling stories about coming of age in New York as he prepares to return to London.
Watch “Wait For Me” above, and read more about MIKE and find full EP details below.
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At just 18, MIKE’s music carries age beyond his years. Born in New Jersey, MIKE moved to London with his mother before settling in The Bronx for the remainder of his later teenage years. Both regions have had an audible influence on the young rapper’s music – in England he was immersed in grime and the music of King Krule, and in the United States he was turned on to Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom. In New York, he discovered several artists with a similar ear and style, and formed his collective [sLUms]. Consisting of sixpress, dj ???, King Carter, Jazz Jodi, and DJ Mason, the group is a diverse range of producers and rappers who each make music about the tribulations of coming of age and being black in New York City.
Through his mixtapes Winter New York and Longest Day, Shortest Night, MIKE started to tell the story of his childhood, and with his most recent mixtape May God Bless Your Hustle he made a definitive statement on the current state of youth in New York. That project turned heads outside of MIKE’s immediate community in the city, earning praise from The FADER and the New Yorker, and being selected as Best New Music by Pitchfork. Themes about the depression and anxiety that accompany being young and African American abound throughout MIKE’s music, but a muted sense of hopefulness and certainty that he is moving towards ultimate triumph is the motor quietly propelling things forward.
His latest EP, By The Water, finds MIKE preparing to return to London after a summer that saw him establish himself as one of the most important young voices coming out of New York. On the new EP, released via House Anxiety, MIKE reflects on recent events in his life and also contemplates what comes next over soulfully hazy production. As he gets ready to move to London with several of his [sLUms] brothers, By The Water is the latest chapter in the captivating story MIKE is telling about his life.
By The Water
September 6th, 2017
3. Wait For Me
4. Gods With Me