South-London hip-hop artist AKS has just dropped his brand-new single “Up & Up (Heavens Above)”, an aspirational offering that marks his return after a four year hiatus.
It’s the first single taken from his forthcoming new project As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals that also sees the rapper producing his own track for the first time. For the project, he’s also enlisting prominent musicians, with Adrian Remedy (Ed Sheeran) collaborating on guitars, Benjamin Muralt (Pixie Lott) on bass, and AdeKeys (AfroB) on keyboards.
Merging unconventional organ phrases with lush and vibrant guitar licks throughout, “Up & Up (Heavens Above)” plays as an ode to the jazz greats of yesteryear; fusing traditional musicianship with the off kilter syncopated bounce of contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul.
This passion-driven track explores the themes of dogged determination and new-found responsibility, while displaying the rapper’s lyrical ability. He manages to weave together thought-rich rhyme schemes whilst delivering a soulfully melodic vocal, in his very own way.
Speaking further about the inspiration behind “Up & Up (Heavens Above)”, AKS reveals: “Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective”.
“This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son’s sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I’ve felt at times. It’s my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.
It has been four years since AKS released his sophomore EP Train of Thought, and he’s back full steam ahead, with the promise to unveil more new singles in the next few months, announcing his next project, that should drop soon as well.
You can listen to the song right here: