“He’s the future,” – that’s how BBC Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Mistajam described XamVolo. It’s a fair assessment. In the last 12 months, the 24-year-old artist has risen to the attention of critics and music fans the world over thanks to his impressionist reimaginings of neo-soul, jazz and pop. He’s played Glastonbury, sold out multiple headline London shows, been compared with everyone from D’Angelo to Anderson Paak and released an acclaimed EP and debut album. Overseeing every element of the music XamVolo describes it as “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves”.
He’s unique music stylings and sound has seen him compared to many contemporary soul greats while carving out a niche of his own as the rising star of UK Neo-Soul. Championed by a wealth of tastemakers – from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens through to COLORS and NOTION (to name a few) he has also picked up numerous plays across 1Xtra, Beats 1 and 6 Music, plus a recent sync with ITV drama ‚Cleaning Up‘ staring Sheridan Smith. His debut album ‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’ is powerful and emotive collection of song writing mastery and a testament to XamVolo’s cinematic method of creating worlds within his music, it tells a neo-noir story of a protagonist who finds themselves confronted with a hive containing a black honey substance that can grant them their every desire.
The album is split into two parts, life before the discovery of the black honey and the grim consequences of life after, in which we’re shown the dark side of getting everything you ever wanted at the click of a finger. The bulk of the album was produced by XamVolo himself, but also sees collaborations with heavyweight producers AV and Paul Phamous (Frank Ocean) as well as Bruno Major, Fred Cox and Freddie Joachim. Moving into the middle of 2019, XamVolo has several new songs in the vault and is getting ready to start a new phase of his career with the vibe-heavy ‘In Love And War’ – a cross pollination of soul, electronica and R&B – which foreshadows a forthcoming EP