Not long out of his teens, this wordsmith has been on a musical growth spurt since the age of 11, when he won an EA competition and charted at number one on Channel U.
Fast forward a decade, and the Manc spitter has been championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra and Radio 1, which featured him in its In New Music We Trust playlist earlier this year.
He’s also racked up millions of YouTube views and has shared stages with the likes of Jessie-J, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande.
Today marks the release of his latest single Come At Me Bro, and to celebrate, he’s compiled a surprisingly eclectic playlist of the tunes that get him going…
Love the production value of this song, lyrics are beautiful too. The song is about two photographers who died in the war and their reunion in the afterlife. Song is quite haunting when you keep that in mind.
Radiohead: How To Disappear Completely
Hauntingly good, Radiohead are my favourite band as they always change up their musical direction for each album. Genius, really.
Cinematic Orchestra & Rootz Manuva: All Things To All Men
Amazing movement, steady paced, meaningful lyrics, beautiful production. Can you fault it at all if it has all of those factors?
King Krule: Ocean Bed
This guy epitomises the word cool, love his guitar work, so relaxing and reverby yet the vocals have this kind of rasp and grit that almost remind me of Shane Mcgowan from the Pogues. And the guy is my age which makes me respect it all even more.
Lapalux: Don't Mean A Thing
One of my favourite producers at the moment, technical yet tasteful. I would kill to be able to make drum patterns like he does.
Mick Jenkins: The Waters
This guy is really doing it for me at the moment with his concept mixtape of the same name as this track. All the songs' lyrics are about how important water is e.g. "water more important than gold". Production is ridiculous and Jenkins' delivery is just so effortless.
Sun Glitters: High
So ethereal and euphoric. I don't really need to explain it, you just have to listen to it and pretend you're walking on a cloud.
The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin'
My girlfriend and her dad recently got me on to this one, and it brings me to a happy place.
London Elektricity: Rewind
I discovered this song by accident one night; the reason it stuck with me is because I've never listened to a song that's 10 minutes long and stayed interested. I'm a fickle listener so I don't even finish a song usually, but this captivated me.
Sub Focus: Tidal Wave
Had to end the 10 tracks on some sort of high note, this track gets me SO pumped, Sub Focus is making some strong music at the moment!