German-Afghan producer agajon has unveiled his long-awaited debut album nag champa, out now via Kabul Fire Records
A 15-track release, nag champa is a vivid sonic snapshot of one of the most talented and highly touted young producers on the scene right now. The LP features five tracks that have been released as singles across 2022, starting with ‘Trust Yourself’, an intoxicating blend of smooth guitar strings, catchy chants and enchanting breakdowns that immediately sets the tone. Next up is ‘All Of That’, a bittersweet R&B jam in collaboration with fast-rising fellow German artist, then progressive trap banger ‘Higher’ and smooth, soulful hip-hop jam ‘Back To Basics’, both featuring the slick vocals of UK rapper Jay Prince. The final single comes in the form of ‘My Lady’, a charming instrumental hip-hop joint blurring the lines between the digital and the organic. Elsewhere, further highlights come in the form of ‘Plants’, a downbeat, carefree jam again featuring Jay Prince, ‘Different Interlude’, a reflective ballad laced with Léonie Barbot’s sultry vocals, and the funk-drenched ‘Perspective’ with US singer-songwriter Jordan Hawkins. ‘So Simple’ then ensures the record is closed out on a rousing, celebratory note.
Just 21-years-old, agajon’s penchant for individuality has seen him quickly become a producer in demand, having worked with the likes of GIGGS, Selah Sue, Naomi Scott, Lou Phelps and Jarreau Vandal to name a few. His solo-releases have already amassed 1 million streams and been heavily championed by all conquering LA based collective Soulection, as well as receiving radio support from Gaika, Jamz Supernova (1Xtra), Jack Saunders (Radio 1), Jarreau Vandal and Ebro Darden (Apple Music) to name a few. His debut EP ‘7 Days’ displayed his particular talent and exceptional taste for a variety of sounds, ranging from global hip-hop traditions to neo-soul to urban jazz. He has since worked tirelessly on his own sound, across numerous productions, placements and collaborations, It’s safe to say agajon has already built an esteemed resumé.
His largest and most diverse body of work to date, nag champa confirms agajon’s status as a burgeoning new-school hip-hop talent.