Cambridge-born Kyan dabbles in social commentary and modern soul with new E.P
Silky-voiced synth-botherer Kyan could be Cambridge’s answer to Frank Ocean if he plays his cards right. On single ‘Taking The City’ he’s doing just that: he turns over a casino and gives his winnings to the poor. There’s an echo of the Occupy movement, but it’s a stretch to call it social comment. Instead it sounds like it’ll soundtrack some badass card-counter in ‘Hustle’ or heist flick ‘21’, which apparently inspired it. The EP’s other standout ‘Insert Runaway’ blends modern soul with an historical tale not entirely unlike Frank’s ‘Pyramids’. Kyan’s still finding his own voice, but there’s enough here to suggest he might one day break the bank for real.
Kevin E.G Perry
Record label: Virgin EMI
Release date: 11 Jul, 2014