Bobandii teams up with CHAII, shares new single 'Falcon'

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MC, producer and musical shapeshifter Bobandii (Silas McClintock) teams up with CHAII in a playful, soaring ode to Bonnie and Clyde and collaboration of friendship. ‘Falcon’ is the fourth new single to be revealed off McClintock’s anticipated debut album, due out later this year. Self-produced and co-written with CHAII, the track was mixed by Ben Lawson at Red Bull Studios.

Listen to ‘Falcon’, out now on all streaming services: Spotify | Apple Music | iTunes

Over the last few years, the young songwriter, MC and producer has risen through the ranks, attracting attention for his energetic, fun-inflected production style and stylistically fluid creations.

Since the release of his 2017 mixtape Of The Forest (of which The Spinoff remarked “you have to recognise the sheer level of vision that went into this thing,”) McClintock, originally from Warkworth, has expanded his horizons from his early hip-hop influenced origins, introducing strong melodic elements to his music.

His previous single ‘Bedrock’ rode the local airwaves, attracting a groundswell of support from Aotearoa’s student radio network which saw the track enter the Official NZ Hot Singles chart.

Following a prolific couple of years releasing two EPs and a collaboration with Raiza Biza ‘Marco Polo’, Bobandii is just getting started.

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CHAII shares 'Digebasse (Enough)'

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Kiwi-raised, Persian rapper CHAII shares her debut offering ‘Digebasse (Enough)’. Uploaded to Facebook on February 26, the music video soared virally on news feeds around the world.

‘Digebasse (Enough)’ is a statement of joy, the journey to freedom, and hope for change. It’s a positive shout out to cover-up couture. It’s an appreciative nod to those doing it, making music underground. It’s a hands up towards the decolonisation of the mind, and western news outlets. As she raps in both English and her mother tongue Farsi, she is reclaiming identity.

“It was such an emotional journey, it was like going back to where I spent most of my childhood years,” CHAII reflects. The video was produced and directed by CHAII, and filmed in the colourful backdrop of Oman.

“My concept was simply a commute. A journey through places and people, spreading loving vibes. At the same time, putting a positive light on middle east. I was doing this in respect to all the underground artists who have to hide away because of their art. Covering up felt empowering and badass.”

The track was self-produced by CHAII. Legendary producer and engineer Sylvia Massy provided the final mix, adding her magical studio touch in a way that only she could.

“This song is very close to my heart and I hope it can be the chant and voice of people. Music is a universal language and I hope to spread that love, and make people dance, and say ‘enough’ to anything they want an end to. We have a voice, we have a choice.”

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