London’s Kiko Bun is on a bit of a roll.
Previous single Sticky Situation was a gloriously soulful success, picking up plays across both BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, as well as over 750,000 streams on Spotify. Now, the singer-songwriter is back with another reggae-infused number, a fresh and contemporary track that lends from the dancehall classics, too.
There’s an unmistakable hip-hop vibe to Can’t Hold Back. Kiko Bun’s delivery is baritone and relaxed, with a rhythmic carelessness that bops its head in conjunction to the soulful instrumentals. Think if Cypress Hill and Mobb Deep had met up and wandered into a reggae club on a sunny day.
It’s cheeky and laissez-faire, and the perfect musical accomplice to a booze-soaked summer evening. With proclamations such as ‘Tell my baby let it rain, I’m addicted to your sugar, let me put it in my veins’, it’s clear that Kiko Bun is in an upbeat, playful mood when it comes to making music. Bun is one to watch over the summer – and Can’t Hold Back is roguishly good fun.
Words by Niall Flynn