“a man of many talents…his music contains a careful sense of construction, a rare coherency that supplies enormous strength” (Clash)
Rising Neo-Soul Jazz master XamVolo shares the Miles & AJ (Jaden Smith, Billie Eilish) directed music video for his new single Feels Good today. The video was shot in Studio 60 in Los Angeles and depicts a surreal journey inspired by the opening sequence of American Gods and Alice in Wonderland.
Speaking about the video the US director duo said: “A lot of what we do is inspired by the artist and music. Immediately after hearing Feels Good we knew we wanted to work with Xam- the song has so much depth and charm- the concept came to us in an instant. We knew it was going to be a challenge to shoot it, and after a bit of trial and error, the free fall immediately came to life.”
Written and produced by XamVolo alongside heavyweights Paul Phamous, AV, Cedric Mitchell and Matthew Genovese, Feels Good lays his jazz influence bare with a sample from the legendary Thelonius Monk, while creating a unique contemporary hybrid with slick beats and soulful vocals.
XamVolo added: " When I saw what Miles and AJ wanted to do with the idea, I knew they got it. Always wanted to shoot a video in LA, too, so everything lined up perfectly. We tried to get a sort of psychedelic vibe going – an aura of intoxication – 'cause to me that's what that deep, liquid desire you get sometimes feels like: one moment you're at peace and the next you're on a drunken descent towards your ambitions. The chase is always the best part, though; every dream seems golden 'til you're close enough.”
Bringing UK R&B, old-school Soul and Jazz into the 21st century, the hotly-tipped Liverpool based singer, songwriter and producer has already garnered notable attention across the internet and airwaves. Drawing comparisons with the likes of D'Angelo, Anderson Paak & Thundercat, he has notched up critical acclaim and impressive plays with coveted spots on Spotify playlists and viral charts.
At the age of 23, XamVolo is wise beyond his years. A true artist, he oversees every element of his music and has taken a conceptual approach to his debut album, live shows and artwork. He’s been championed by a wealth of tastemakers – fromAnnie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens and MistaJam through to Esquire, Clash and The Hunger (to name but a few) – and sought after by a number of notable producers, including Robert Glasper (Kendrick Lamar, Common and The Robert Glasper Experiment), KidBrother (Frank Ocean) and J-Roc (Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Timbaland)
The ex-architecture student is currently dividing his time between festival appearances and sessions in the studio as he completes his debut album due to be released by Universal worldwide early 2018.
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