Theo Ogundipe is letter-perfect in his soulful single and video Y — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Rich with emotional vulnerability and fusing soul, hip hop and R&B, the London artist’s cut — the latest single from his Reworks EP — was inspired “by his life growing up in the diaspora” as he moved from his home Nigeria in West Africa to the U.K.
“I created the project Reworks by choosing three of my favourite pieces of music,” he continues, citing Waves by Freddie Joachim, Flowers by J Dilla and Come Through And Chill by Miguel. Y is a rework of Flowers, filtered through Ogundipe’s unique style, which has also been influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Motown, giving his music a “smooth lyrical blend of in-the-box production with ’70s soul.”
Y is Ogundipe’s newest release, but the London indie-soul artist is far from unvetted. “Whilst I have many finished works, Reworks was my first opportunity to introduce myself to the world,” he says. Indeed, prior to Reworks, he wrote numerous songs and collaborate with other artists, including Brian Rays. The two were featured on BBC Radio Southwest with the track Neon Stained, showcasing a bit of Ogundipe’s seductive style. And the trail doesn’t stop at music for Ogundipe. He studied musical theater and acting before going on to play co-star in the Netflix crime drama Top Boy.