khalid-the-new-wave

The New Wave is a feature we’ll be presenting every Tuesday. It will highlight one song we’re currently obsessed with, by a new or rising artist.


We say:

18-year-old El Paso artist Khalid has the kind of voice perfectly suited for retro soul, but let’s be honest—we don’t need more of that in 2016. Instead, he brings that soulful spirit into a modern context with some bass-heavy, spacious production provided by Syk Sense, Tunji Ige, and Smash David. “Location” is down to earth and youthful in the way that music by a teenager should be, and that chorus is gold.

He says:

“Location” is a song that came to me out of no where. From the first time I heard the beat play, the words flew out. Hearing the chords instantly took me the first stage of a relationship. Young love, man. It’s a crazy thing. I first started making music in the winter of 2015 so this is one of my most developed songs so far.

Being in the same environment of great artists/producers like Syk Sense & Tunji Ige—with crazy, dope creativity helped the creation of the song move so smooth. It’s like I would go in and say something or think of an idea and they would stack on my idea with an even better idea and then eventually that’s how “Location” came about. It was work, but fun work.