Independent Artist of the Week: REMI

May 7th 2018

Photo by Vien Tran

Fusing unique rhythm and honest flow, Melbourne’s REMI have found their spot at the top of Australia’s hip hop and soul scene.

Since making their breakthrough in 2013, Remi Kolawole and collaborator Sensible J continue to make music that defies hate and empowers those around them as REMI. With a rapping style that is braggadocios, Remi’s singing is just as smooth and catchy as the beat he spits over – all without taking away from the social commentary and life stories infused through his tongue-in-cheek delivery.

Combine this with a presence on stage as slick and as REMI’s bars, and you’ve got yourself a critically acclaimed outfit, both locally and globally. Their second record Divas and Demons brought collaborations with musical heavyweights Sampa The Great and Jordan Rakei alongside sold out national and European tours. But REMI’s busy tour schedule didn’t stop there – the pair have shared stages with Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, De La Soul and Gorillaz (just to name a few).

‘My People’ is the first taste of new music from REMI in 2018, and it’s a cracker. The colour-pop film clip starts with family dinner before a smooth hook by Zimbabwean-born vocalist Thando enters the mix. Coupled with some cheeky adlibs from Kolawole’s brothers, ‘My People’ celebrates those closest to the MC. As REMI explains:

“I just wanted to showcase my beautiful family whilst centering diversity and blackness in this film clip, which is rarely done in this country.”

Sit down to a family dinner with REMI below.


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