Who? Farai is a collaborative project between vocalist Farai and artist, musician and producer TONE.
What? Brittle electro-punk poetry.
From where? Lewisham.
What’s the story? Zimbabwe-born, London-raised Farai first struck up a creative dynamic with partner in crime, TONE, after he came across a video of her performing at Shop Floor Sessions – an open jam night in Elephant & Castle.
In the five years since their meeting, they’ve carved a warped, distinctive sound that combines Farai’s poetry with TONE’s blips and beats, often woven with noises taken from their environment. ‘I set the mic up and a guitar and we did it first go with the windows open’, TONE says of their first track Love Disease, which is penetrated by police sirens.
Drawing on the different cities she’s lived in, Farai’s lyrics are upfront and direct. ‘Theresa May, do you know how it feels to count days and hours til payday?’ she challenges on This Is England. Taken from debut album Rebirth, the track’s bare-to-the-bones sparseness is treated with contorted and menacing synth lines that reflect the hardship of contemporary Britain.
It’s a potent force that has already attracted support from the likes of Dazed, CRACK, The Fader and Pitchfork, along with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and a variety of shows on NTS.
Now, with forthcoming debut Rebirth set for release on 30 November via Big Dada, Farai’s urgent and unapologetic sound is set to go stratospheric.
Sounds like? A twisted mash-up of post-punk, grime, and hip-hop.
Predicted to? Garner heaps of critical acclaim for debut, Rebirth.
Must hear? Punk Champagne –