Princess Slayer and Kofi Stone team up for a sumptuous UK garage EP

UK garage mix­ers Princess Slay­er have teamed up with quick-wit­ted hip hop artist Kofi Stone to con­coct an invig­o­rat­ing three-track EP.

OKFI – a port­man­teau of the per­form­ers’ mid­dle names ‘Oktae’ and ‘Kofi’ – means “Great Jade Strength”.

The hyper­ac­tive, split-sec­ond pulse of these two-step garage tracks is enough to gen­er­ate heat all by them­selves. Topped with hooks from front­woman Casey Lim and slick bars from Kofi, the mood is of fran­tic accel­er­a­tion through a flip­book of life lessons. It’s like a caf­feine hit straight to your cortex.

Lim told Fringe Fre­quen­cy the EP came about after she and her group met Stone at the live finals of Glastonbury’s Emerg­ing Tal­ent Com­pe­ti­tion. Their paths crossed again at the fes­ti­val when they per­formed on the same stages (The Rab­bit Hole and BBC Introducing).

“We all seemed to be on the same vibe, so we decid­ed to get in the stu­dio and col­lab­o­rate. Sim­ple,” said Lim.

“Our styles are quite dif­fer­ent, so at the begin­ning of each writ­ing ses­sion we had a chat about the beat, vibe, lyri­cal con­tent and mood that we want­ed to go for, and then just let the ebb and flow of the ses­sion take over. It was very organ­ic and open, which allowed us to com­plete each song in a sin­gle day.”

Lis­ten to OKFI below. It is also avail­able to pur­chase from dig­i­tal stores.

Lim said the group have fur­ther ideas for the song ‘Make It a Mem­o­ry’. Beyond that, they are cur­rent­ly work­ing on their first full-length album.

Since 2015, Princess Slay­er have released their first EP, Liv­ing, as well as the sin­gles ‘Every Déjà Vu’ and ‘Res­o­lu­tion’. They opened the main stage at El Dora­do Fes­ti­val for SG Lewis.

Kofi Stone hails from Birm­ing­ham. Though this new­com­er only has a hand­ful of songs to his name, his artic­u­late lyrics and self-assured deliv­ery eas­i­ly make him one of the most promis­ing UK rap­pers today. Have a watch of ‘Mes­sage to Her’ and ‘Sto­ries in Pyja­mas’ for a taste of his con­scious sto­ry­telling that’s some­where between Loyle Carn­er and Essa.

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Image: cour­tesy of Princess Slayer