Today, MIKE is back to share a new video. “God’s With Me,” one of the standouts from his recently released EP By The Water, is accompanied by a black and white visual that provides a bird’s eye perspective of MIKE moving around his neighborhood in Brooklyn. In addition to the new video, MIKE is releasing By The Water on limited edition 12″ vinyl via House Anxiety.
On Tuesday, MIKE played his first UK show at the Roundhouse with BADBADNOTGOOD. Last night, he performed at NINES in Peckham with his fellow [sLUms]. members sixpress and King Carter, as well as Jamie Isaac. Both audio and video of the show were broadcast live worldwide from NTS’ website and Facebook.
By The Water is available digitally now. 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 “God’s With Me” and buy By The Water on vinyl above, and read more about MIKE and find full EP details below.
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.