2016 has been quite the year of Tobi Sunmola. The Manchester artist kicked up off the year with his breakthrough track ‘Run Free‘ which gained him recognition from the likes of Complex and Flavour Magazine. It also led to him performing at this year’s BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend and gaining larger exposure on the UK circuit. Building on this initial hype, Tobi delivered a double blow with ‘Tales From The East 1 & 2‘ showcasing his storytelling ability and raw and authentic delivery. Today sees him premiere his new EP, Childhood Culture and it is a perfect blend of sounds and genres perfect for any occasion.
On his Soundcloud, Tobi describes Childhood Culture as a “the sonic sounding project” and that the EP “is a fusion of his heritage and where he’s come from to his present environment“. Standing at 5 tracks, its clear that any message hoping to be conveyed needs to happen quickly and Tobi delivers as he kicks off with ‘Intro‘ declaring why he’s next up. Switching up flows mid track, his voice almost distorts as he spits “I didnt come to be a lover, I came here to be me!” Being himself is what sets him apart on CC with Tobi not afraid to tackle a mix of instrumentals.
As well as aforementioned hit ‘Run Free‘, another standout release is ‘White Wolves‘. Starting off with a hit of melodic piano keys, Tobi flows over the beat talking on others who try to hard to fit and why he is happy with being himself. The hook is infectious and carries a positive message and has the weight to be considered within the commercial sector. The final third of the track sees a shift in pace as he spits with a venom which reflects his passion and desire to succeed. Overall, the project is a perfect reflection to Tobi Sunmola.
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