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Osquello Follows Up First Single Of 2021 ‘We Up’, With Music Video Celebrating Friends, Family & Life

By Balamii

Following on from his first single of 2021, Osquello drops the official video for ‘We Up’ celebrating the lives of the most important people in his life; Friends & Family. The video shot across London and Leeds, taking a journey to illuminate and appreciate the people he loves and the achievements they’ve collectively made. Still only 21 years of age and with collaborations with Clairo, Declan McKenna, Brockhampton and Goldie under his belt, Osquello has carved out his status amongst his musical peers as an artist who is charting his own course.

‘We Up’ provides a deep dive into a personal exploration, examining the state of the world over the tumultuous past year and tackles topics such as Osquello’s mixed Afro-Carribean/Italian heritage, life achievements, societal inequality and includes a powerful sample of Nina Simone, reflecting on the true ideals of freedom.

“The video for me was an experience and a chance to celebrate the lives of the people that I love and who I’ve grown up with. The first section focuses on the side of my family I grew up with in London and in particular the area I was raised in, Arnos Grove. As the video develops the celebrations are a lot clearer with clips from the sold-out Jazz Café show, with musicians and friends I’ve grown up with since before I started even writing music.

As it gets to the last past of the song, I wanted to show the other side of my Caribbean family and people I grew up with when I was younger in Leeds. It’s a journey of appreciating the people we love and the achievements we’ve made for ourselves. Sometimes it’s important to see how far we’ve got no matter where we at in the world” - Osquello

Making waves with his debut EP ‘Good Morning Simulation’ in early 2019 which received praise from press outlets such as Fader, Highsnobiety, CLASH, NME and BBC and following up with self-released album ‘Osqstock’ and the ‘Something Behind Me’ EP with Goldie in 2020, Osquello rounded off his 2020 by selling out institutional London venue Jazz Café back in November, just 3 days before another national lockdown.

‘We Up’ also his first release since his collaboration EP with UK Drum&Bass godfather Goldie which landed at the end of 2020 and picked up national radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong, Emerald, Jamz Supernova and Matt Wilkinson. The EP also heralded strong words from Goldie on Osquello’s talents: “There are originators and imitators, and Osquello is definitely an originator. He stands out amongst his peers from this new generation of artists. He’s got unique style — lyrically, musically, visually — and an effortless flow.”

Such sage words are perhaps unsurprising given that Osquello was brought up around music; proof is written in a family photo of him as a 1month old in a baby sling on his dad’s chest as he mixes over a pair Technics 1210s, club culture being there from the beginning, with his father spending time as a house producer and DJ playing club nights around the UK.

Moving from London to an attic room in Leeds at age 16, faced with a lack of social life and no internet due to money being tight, Osquello found solace in his dad’s record collection and musical equipment where he began to dive into music-making and songwriting. A naturally talented rapper, singer and producer, there’s much more to come from Osquello.

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