by The Alchemist
Ikey is a Nigerian-American artist that current lives in the Washington DC area. Being raised in the city of Largos, Nigeria, he often draws influence for his songs in the underlying pain caused by poverty, and political unrest in the third world. Although he reminds us that at times things fall apart, his music is influenced by a special brand of hope, happiness and optimism felt by real people struggling to make it across each continent. Drawing distinct inspiration from the music of the African Diaspora, D.C.’s Go-Go Sound, and artists like Notorious B.I.G, Fela Kuti and Wyclef jean Ikey’s innovative records combine the streets of Lagos Nigeria, and Washington DC to bring them straight to your block.
His newest track is called, “Go Outside” and it is a melodic rap record that uses some beautiful piano chords matched with hard hitting 808’s. The thing that stands out the most to us on this track is the lyricism as his wordplay draws the listener in and will get caught in the listeners head very easily. The song describes a beautiful 70 degree, cool breeze Sunday afternoon, walking the beachfront with your significant other, brews in hands, getting lost in each other’s presence. Check out the track below, and check out our featured article about Ikey written by Hero Magnus.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.