In the summer of 2021, SIPHO. found himself alone in London. He was visiting from his home in Birmingham for session work and his manager couldn’t be there as normal, so the 21-year-old artist spent weeks knocking about an unfurnished two-bedroom flat in Wandsworth with a “weird vibe”. One especially boring weekend, he cycled a few miles to Kensington to buy a small bluetooth speaker – something to make some noise; a presence in the otherwise empty rooms. It was in that bubble of accidental solitude that SIPHO. fell for many of the funk rock bands that would shape the sound of his second EP, ‘SHE MIGHT BLEED‘.
“Every morning, and even when I got back from the studio, I’d have different stuff playing – Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, a bit of Funkadelic,” SIPHO. says. “Obviously there’s documentaries and information on all that stuff, so I was taking in the concept of ‘the one’ and trying to understand what made a bit of that magic.” The walk between the studio and the place he was staying was less than five minutes, which is no distance at all for magic to travel, and – perhaps through inevitability, perhaps through intuition – it crept into SIPHO.’s own work. “It was like, if I’m not in the studio, this is what’s going on in my head. So I guess it just came in there by osmosis.”
“Thrilling and visceral” – The Guardian
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