Track of the Week #1: Kojey Radical – 'If Only'

Track of the Week #1: Kojey Radical – 'If Only'

Mon May 28th

Every week, we’ll bring you a must-hear track from the Le Guess Who? 2018 line-up. First up is a current LGW office favorite, from the British-Ghanaian poet-turned-rapper who is already being hailed as UK’s answer to Kendrick Lamar.

Kojey Radical's 'If Only' is a powerful and stirring track that originated from a background story you might not expect: his struggles with mental health issues following the artist's breakout year. Listen in below. You can also find 'If Only' in our official 2018 playlist

"Despite how easy it is to keep up appearances I struggled with depression heavily last year. I came out the other side more hungry and more passionate because the ability to create and express myself literally saved my life. This year I want to make the most empowering music about my sadness. I want people to not be afraid to feel. I want people to use my music as a safe place and feel energized. Sometimes being able to speak up can make all the difference..." - Kojey Radical

Kojey Radical's performance at Le Guess Who? 2018 is curated by Shabaka Hutchings. Also performing at the festival are a.o. Serpentwithfeet, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Saul Williams & King Britt, RAS_G & The Afrikan Space Program, Kelman Duran, and many more.