Leo Napier (Coachella/featured alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon on Gramatik’s most successful single to date, Native Son) drops the lyric video to latest release, BEFORE I GO AWAY
‘Before I Go Away’ is the debut single from Coachella performing, neo-soul talent Leo Napier. Born in the US but now a proud London Ladbroke Grove resident, you’ll recognise the versatile songwriter’s crisp vocals as featuring alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon on Gramatik’s most successful single to date, ‘Native Son‘. Chart topping dance act GRiZ’s electro-funk take on ‘Before I Go Away’ was released by the DJ last year and has garnered millions of streams to date. This follows from their previous collaboration ‘A Fine Way To Die’ which also has streams in the millions.
‘Before I Go Away’ is the first instalment from Leo’s debut EP ‘Mind Up’ (out Autumn 2017) which will slowly unravel itself throughout the course of the year. The EP is a collection of urban tales, a mix of classic funk/soul with hard hitting electronic rhythms produced by eclectic worldwide talents. The songs are gritty urban tales with a cast of colourful characters peppered with Leo’s signature brand of dark humour.
“I never planned to stick the 5 tunes together and call it an EP. But somehow these songs feel cohesive. It’s a controlled chaos. A web of funky anecdotes served up, not exactly on a silver platter, but more of a greasy plate, with a whole lot of hot sauce” – Leo Napier.
“Leo Napier has acquired a well-earned reputation among us GRiZ/Gramatik fans for his vocal serenading” – Stereofox
“We were lucky enough to have Leo perform at #SONEGx1883 last month where he blew away the crowd with his raspy vocal twist on traditional R&B/Soul” – 1883 Magazine
“The soulful vocals of frequent collaborator Leo Napier, it encapsulates all the elements that have endeared GRiZ to his legions of fans” – Dancing Astronaut