- 16 Jun 21
Kojaque's eagerly-awaited new album 'Town’s Dead' lands on June 25th via Soft Boy Records / Different Recordings.
Dublin breakout rap star Kojaque has premiered the black-and-white video for his new single ‘Casio’, featuring Maverick Sabre.
Covered in reflective paint, the video (co-directed by Kojaque and Spencer Young) sees the artist rapping from inside a moving car, destroying items in a deserted warehouse and traipsing around Dublin with a darker yet more explosive ambiance then we've seen before from the young star before.
Available Soft Boy Records / Different Recordings, 'Casio' marks the final preview of the Irish artist’s much-anticipated debut album Town’s Dead. Set to be released on June 25th; the rapper's "sonic sledgehammer" of a debut LP is Hot Press' Album of the Month, receiving rave reviews from our own Tanis Smither.
Town’s Dead is Kojaque’s follow-up to debut mixtape Deli Daydreams - a concept piece which became the first release of its kind to be nominated for the prestigious Choice Music Prize, and took Kojaque everywhere from tours with slowthai and Lana Del Rey to a Boiler Room documentary on the influence of his label and collective Soft Boy. The Town’s Dead tour is on sale now for late 2021 - with Dublin's Olympia Theatre already sold out.
Featuring Maverick Sabre, ‘Casio’ emerged (writes Kojaque) “after having a frank conversation with one of my good friends, who was going through a really dark time."
"I was trying to empathise with him through my own experience of depression and suicidal thoughts. The video is meant to signify cheating death, or defying what can feel like your destiny. Mav tied the whole song together beautifully, I was so happy to work with him on it. I directed the video with Spencer Young. I had seen his work before which I thought was really slick. We went back and forth on the concept a lot before coming to the final treatment. I’ve still got that high reflective paint on my skin.”
One of the year’s most distinct debuts, Town’s Dead, is an expansive and urgent tour-de-force that speeds headlong into sex, violence, and the claustrophobia of your hometown. Within, Kojaque documents a tumultuous love triangle as it unfolds across New Year's Eve, with results that are as cinematic as they are political, and deeply personal. Dark corners of parks, bedrooms, clubs, streets, and psyches are excavated, and pouring over the rubble is an artist unafraid of the vulnerabilities that are exposed when the voice rings true, because there’s just no point in being anything else.
Pre-order Town’s Dead HERE (available on Digital, CD, 2LP, 2LP deluxe, & Cassette)
Check out the atmospheric new visuals for 'CASIO' below:
Kojaque Irish Tour Dates:
Fri-Nov-19-21 – Ireland – Dublin, Olympia - SOLD OUT
Sat-Nov-20-21 – Ireland – Galway , Black Box
Fri-Nov-26-21 - Ireland – Limerick, Dolans Warehouse
Sat-Nov-27-21 - Ireland – Cork, Cyprus Avenue