We Are Manchester present iamkyami
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Giving you main character energy, iamkyami is serving glimmer-swirl indie RnB with a side of poly gluttonous punk attitude. Weaponizing positive vibes, theirs is an astute, eloquent head on shoulders that just happen to be enveloped in Hello Kitty dungarees and a streetwear edit overseen by Yvie Oddly. Unpacking and exploding the rich opulence of pop RnB tropes, Ky’s signature sound lies in the stillness of the aftermath. A far-future cartoon landscape dotted with skyscraper-sized themes, where the .zip-file-distortion of pillowy synths wobble in the rising heat of the afternoon and light-headed guitar flurries float by like dust in the sunlight.
2021 saw iamkyami sign to Manchester independent Heist or Hit. Embracing a scatter-brained approach to song-writing and production, Ky’s centre is a quartz leaking new and old, weird and wonky, smooth and pretty.
From main stage performances at the Liverpool International Music Festival and interviews with Gal-Dem magazine to support slots for Yazmin Lacey, Georgia, Pizzagirl and Roy Ayers, iamkyami has earned acclaim across the board. The airwaves are no different, with DJs at Radio 1, BBC 6, 1XTRA, Reprezent Radio and Worldwide FM all lining up to call themselves fans. It’s not hard to see why, Ky has the ability to get to the essence of what many artists spend albums chiselling away at.