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Introducing Chikaya, the blue haired braid babe with a love of all things cosmic. Her brand new 6 track EP ‘DESCEND’ explores chillingly soulful but wholesomely bassy soundscapes, with Bristol’s passionate electronic music scene cited as a huge influence. With her music having been previously played by the likes of Toddla T and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1XTRA, there’s no telling what this anticipated release will bring next for Chikaya. Beetz Magazine caught up with the singer for a chat about the EP, her inspirations and what the future may hold!

What was the inspiration behind the Descend EP?

After months of experimentation my sound evolved into something best described as Cosmic Trap, the genuine inspiration was to create a body of work that truly encapsulated this. It’s got highs and lows and everything in between.

Which was your favourite track to work on?

I really loved all the tracks we worked on because it was such a creative time but if I had to choose,

I'd say my favourite track was 'Islands' because even before i had wrote it, I knew my producer was on to something special with it, the heavy reverb synths went right through me and I could just tell it was gonna be one of the best songs I’d worked on to date, in the end it took about 30 minutes to write, and when its easy like that, it’s a really great feeling.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

I really love artists who bring something different to the table, I love Kelela and her melodies, I rate her because she makes bold and interesting choices, watching her live was a dream. I know when I first heard twigs I was totally inspired by her for being so unique too. Lyrically I enjoy Kendrick Lamar cause he’s so clever with it. I also would have to say having spent my childhood listening to The Cure, I will always appreciate Robert Smiths voice, so heart felt and full of emotion! Anything that gives you shivers is good right?

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

You can expect to see me continuing my creative journey, developing my sound and having a good time on stage dancing and whipping the hayurr any chance I get ;)