Malaysian rapper Orang Malaya has dropped a new EP titled ‘Karya Cinta Suprima’ (‘a work of supreme love’).
The seven-track release was released on independent label TONGTONG Asia, arriving on major streaming services on Friday (December 18). Orang Malaya’s latest project is also his first to be sung in Bahasa Malaysia.
‘Karya Cinta Suprima’ was deeply influenced by famed jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s 1964 work ‘A Love Supreme’, which the 25-year-old rapper described to NME as “something like a spiritual rebirth for him as a musician and a human which I can just relate to.
“It’s the motivation that kept me going in producing better-written music and just being sincere about it.”
Listen to ‘Karya Cinta Suprima’ below.
In a press release, Orang Malaya – real name Arief Othman – said the EP aimed for relatable lyricism centered on romantic and interpersonal issues common among Malay youths – from speculative gossip to paranoia.
He also singled out ‘Wow Bulan’, which he called “the climax of the EP”. “It’s like that one generic scene in a classic romantic movie where that guy can finally pull the moon for the lady that he dearly loves,” he told NME.
Earlier this year, Orang Malaya released two singles ‘Bz Body’ and ‘Siang Tiada Matahari’. He debuted with the EP ‘Radland Inn’ in 2015, and went on to release a slew of singles, including 2017’s ‘I Dont Wanna Talk To You’ featuring Indonesian rapper Ramengvrl.