This September, Nigerian-born, Canada-based soul man Idris Lawal will release his as-yet-untitled debut solo EP. While we wait for that, Lawal has announced his plans to release three of the project's singles. First up is "Jordan", a deeply soulful collaboration with Canadian producer Antion and Brazilian guitarist Lã.
As he explains below, "Jordan" is a melting pot of soul, R&B and futuristic rap production, all of which swirls around Lã's instantly warming guitar licks. In it, Lawal gets deep and spiritual as he celebrates life and his own heritage through his high-concept lyricism. A bold and head-turning opening gambit, our interest in the rest of the EP has definitely been piqued.
He explains: "This track 'Jordan' was written as a re-affirmation of self, perfectly typified when I sing, 'I flew around the sun last year, like the gods when I orbit. Maybe I'll land on the moon this year, but this not Jordans'. It is a reminder that we fly around the sun every year because of our innate greatness. 'Jordan' is also a proclamation of black, a reminder that the skin is a gift from God, for the soul to live comfortably in, 'I spent some time with the sun, that's how I got this dark skin'."