As one half of the hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, Jordan Stephens enjoyed critical and commercial success. Now the 24-year-old actor and musician is branching out on his own with a new project called Wildhood. The solo project, which is described as being “birthed from rebellion”, has released an eight-track EP called VERT. He has attributed inspiration for the release to the music that epitomised his childhood, in particular the likes of Stevie Wonder, Portishead, Nenah Cherry and Gorillaz.
The mini-album is produced by Tommy D who is renowned for his work with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, Graffiti6 and KT Tunstall, and features Stephens’ father on bass. Stephens’ said of the release; “We love all sorts of music – humans are more shades of green that any other colour” [which might explain his hair in the above video for lead track ‘Where Have You Been?‘.
VERTis a confident and interesting release that is so much more than just an alternative copy of Rizzle Kicks’ previous work. It instead moves outside of the constraints of the mainstream market that the band’s popularity forced them into. Wildhood has left space to move in new directions while giving listeners a chance to know what kind of sound to expect from the project..