“Uber catchy, glittering melodies” – Dazed & Confused
“A supreme cut from a very promising new star” – Noisey
“A fluid and sparkly song that sits perfectly between 90s Mariah and Solange” – Wonderland
“Nails a hybrid of R&B diva sultriness, bedroom pop preciousness and chillwave” – Idolator
London-based Japanese singer and producer Rina Sawayama’s distillation of modern dislocation versus an early Noughties R&B sensibility is informed by an early childhood spent in her native Japan before moving to North London, where she became fascinated with with idiosyncrasies and oddities of J-Pop during her school days. Her studies where intersected by a number of musical projects, including her hip-hop moniker, Lazy Lion, alongside Wolf Alice’s Theo Ellis. With Rina’s breakout track ‘Sleeping In Waking’ organically ratcheting up over 30,000 plays and cult photographer Arvida Byström coming onboard to direct the stylish attendant video for ‘Tunnel Vision’, the sky’s the limit for Rina Sawayama and her provocative sound.