DROPS ‘E I O’, A NEW COLLAB WITH HARDY CAPRIO
“His blend of party-starting energy and earworm melodies will appeal to anyone who has had ‘Common Sense’ on repeat this year.” – The FADER
“Catchy tracks packed with impactful lyrical content to match his equally wavy production.” – Link Up TV
“Acen is bringing the new wave of afrobeat inspired rap to the forefront.” – GRM Daily
“You can bet his name will be the first on festival flyers come this time next year.” – Trench
“A great fusion of R&B and Afrobeats.” – Buzzfeed
One Acen keeps pushing forwards with every release. Highlighted by THE FADER in their rundown of the 15 UK artists you need to listen to in 2018, as well as by 1Xtra in their Hot for 2018 list, his stats are continuing to explode with 3.7 million streams at Spotify for his breakthrough track 'Verified' and then 5.5 million for the follow-up 'Vice Versa'.
Now the young Londoner continues his rise by dropping a brand new track with a fresh attitude in the shape of ‘E I O’, which features Hardy Caprio – the third collab of their bromance. The pair first teamed up when Hardy Caprio featured on One Acen’s ‘Rolling’ last year before their roles were reversed for the huge ‘Unsigned’, which became GRM Daily’s second most viewed video of 2017. And when One Acen played a sold-out show at the O2 Academy Islington, Hardy Caprio jumped on stage to join him for ‘Unsigned’.
While recent tracks have seen One Acen deliver sensual, smooth-talking toplines, ‘E I O’ finds him in a blunt, seductive mood as he sings “I just fucked a girl on Insta I don’t even follow.” Again produced by OddChild artist CallMeTheKidd, ‘E I O’ switches the moodier atmosphere of ‘Vice Versa’ for an immediately addictive hook that’s set to soundtrack the summer.
“I wrote this song to match my energy. I want people to enjoy my music and have fun. When they hear the song I want them to feel the same carefree attitude people feel when they meet me” says One Acen.
The accompanying video was directed by Daps, the man behind visuals for the likes of Stormzy, Migos and Davido. It’s pure party vibes, but it’s stylishly executed. Its vibrant energy and sharp shots are mixed with grainy video footage and stills shot on Kodak film, giving the celebratory tone a nostalgic element too.