Bonzai revealed her second EP ‘Sleepy Hungry’, following Annie Mac’s premiere of lead single ‘No Rest’ last night. As with previous releases it comes via Anchor Point Records, Mura Masa’s fledgling label, and features production from John Calvert, Royce Wood Junior and Mura Masa himself.
‘Sleepy Hungry’ sees 19-year-old Bonzai further showcase her skills as a vocalist and develop the upfront sound described by some as ‘Punk RnB’. Written over a period of 3 months in London and LA the EP takes listeners through the ups and downs of a hazy night out and incorporates electronic production that harks back to classic 90s Prodigy as well as sitting comfortably in a year where Mura Masa, Kaytranada, Sam Gellaitry and SOPHIE are all releasing their first albums.
Bonzai was born in Indiana to a jazz singer mother and raised in Wicklow, near Dublin, by a drummer father. She moved to London at 17 to start a music degree at Tech School & after being spotted by Native Management began taking things seriously as a solo artist. She fell upon her sound through sessions with John Calvert and Mura Masa where they encouraged her to mix up styles as much as she could.
Mura Masa says “It’s tough for the US guys to really get the nuances of UK electronic music and it’s equally uncomfortable when UK artists try to compete with Beyoncé or Kendrick. With Bonzai being dual nationality American/Irish and having grown up with UKG and DnB as much as RnB and Hip Hop, it really feels like she can bring genres together in a natural way. She never has a bad session as she’s got so many tools to choose from as a writer and she’s fearless. Long may that continue.”