The London-Based Rapper Shows a More Melancholic Side
One of London’s most exciting up and coming talents Xadi returns on a collab with songwriter Nina Cobham, penning the excellent new single ‘Timing’. A blissful piece of instrumental RnB that showcases an artist with a unique vocal tone and accomplished songwriting talent. ‘Timing’ sees Xadi explore themes of love and lust, admitting that “Know you think you love me/It’s just timing.” A multi-faceted artist, Xadi has the ability to weave in and out of melodic vocal sections to more rap-leaning deliveries leaving listeners captivated by his poignant lyricism and mellifluous vocal performance.
Speaking on the Inspiration behind the new single, Xadi states:
“Nina and I were sharing a lot of the music that we loved with each other at the time, and as soon I had written the hook and layed down the guitars I sent it over to her, I felt like the tone would catch her, and she would only elevate the track. This track fits in with the whole EP which is about chasing unattainable goals and ‘floating’ between the stars that I’m chasing and the ground below. In this song, the arrogance and confidence stops, and I start blaming those around me and pushing people away for things that are ultimately my fault. The last third of the song takes a darker turn, and becomes resentful, the drums and the bass change, and the lyrics become a lot more reflective. Nina initially sent me her parts of the hook as ornaments to go around my vocal, but when I heard how beautifully she delivered it, I had to make it the lead line on hooks 2 and 3.”
Listen to ‘Timing’ in full below