Downtown Kayoto Reflects on Race & Identity in ‘Feels Like’

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Downtown Kayoto’s new single, ‘Feels Like,’ is a semi-confessional alt-R&B zinger that invites the listener to reflect, along with the artist, on the pieces that make up a person’s identity. Born in Zimbabwe and now based in Hull, the track sees Downtown Kayoto owning his own journey and identity, before inviting the listener to do the same with the refrain, ‘tell me what it feels like.’

Drawing comparisons with Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, and most of all Frank Ocean, Downtown Kayoto’s vocal versatility is genuinely striking, combining loose, percussive rap with deeply soulful melodies. Sparse alt/indie R&B instrumentals provide the canvas, with the direct, confessional lyrics inviting you to share in the artist’s world, relishing the experience of discovering and embracing personality, identity, and self-expression.

Listen: Downtown Kayoto – Feels Like