Knucks continues to raise levels with his music every year, and it’s immediately clear that 2022 will be no different. Today (Jan. 10), the London talent became the latest guest to appear on COLORS’ popular performance series — here, he blessed the viewers with his new singles “Alpha House” and “Bando.”
What’s immediately striking about “Alpha House” is that it appears to take a sliver of Erykah Badu‘s turn of the century classic “Green Eyes,” which she produced alongside Vikter Duplaix and James Poyser and served as a standout from sophomore LP Mama’s Gun. As such, it’s absolutely amazing to hear Knucks delivering his multi-layered, reflective bars over the genre-bending track:
“Young bull at the top of the block with the white front door and the corner subtle, cool, but he always in trouble, why you think his bredrins called him Knuckles? Ten years old in beef, dad thinks street’s takin’ over me, mumsy prayin’ for me, but there ain’t enough beads on the rosary, raised by the wolves from young, but still in the jungle like Mowgli, always up front when the olders speak…”
It has now been about a year and a half’s time since Knucks liberated his most recent body of work London Class, a critically acclaimed effort that saw 12 tracks and additional features from Sam Wise, KXYZ, Loyle Carner, Venna, and Kadiata. Since then, the rising star has become quite the commodity as a contributor to songs like emil’s “Bakerloo,” Skiifall’s “Ting Tun Up Part II,” Venna’s “Standard,” Juls’ “Wicked,” Ragz Originale’s “No Doubt,” Swindle‘s “BLOW YA TRUMPET,” and DC’s “Bobby & Rowdy.” In the midst of that was a loose cut titled “Los Pollos Hermanos,” a “Breaking Bad” inspired concept that quickly began to raise hopes of a new album on the horizon.
Press play on Knucks‘ “COLORS” set below.