Meet the New Zealand rising star deconstructing pop.
His fan base know it’s coming, the critics approve … it’s just a matter of time til Che Lingo blows up.
South West London artist Che Lingo.
Che Lingo is much more than a rapper. Granted, rapping is certainly his most obvious skill and it’s fair to say Che is in the upper echelon of rising UK MCs when it comes to lyricism, creative flows and melodic sensibilities. Lingo also has a top-notch singing voice which he has utilised cleverly throughout his discography. He’s multi-faceted in this regard but perhaps what is most engrossing about a Che Lingo song is how it’s arranged. All of his tracks sound so rich and beautifully textured it’s clear that Che Lingo never plans on just painting by the numbers.
Che Lingo’s music has a unique aesthetic as result of this admirable approach to production and the fact that he is yet to conform with what’s hot on the UK rap scene just for the sake of it. Although Che can bar with the best of them he simultaneously brings a lot more to the table while straddling varying genres such as grime, hip-hop, jazz and soul. If you’re into Kojey Radical, Goldlink or Octavian you’ll love Che Lingo.
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Che Lingo began performing live as a teenager at open mic nights and recording some tracks at his local youth centre. In an interview with Clash last year Che revealed that this is where he fostered a great appreciation for music production and sound mixing. Collaborating with his peers and engrossing himself in an array of varying styles and genres right up until he was discovered by an artist manager when he was 20.
To date, Che Lingo has released three high quality EPs, the first of which was released in 2016. The Londoner has been working hard since then and the fruits of his labour have been noticed by tastemakers such as NME, BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, Complex and more. Lingo has stayed true to himself and his sound throughout his whole career, meaning he has had to be patient but it’s clear that he’s on to something big in 2019.
The latest EP Sensitive came out earlier this year, it’s a perfectly arranged seven track smack with multiple highlights. One of which is his collaboration with Chicago lyrical rap powerhouse Mick Jenkins. The pair go toe-to-toe bombarding the listener with intricate flows and clever wordplay. One particular line referencing Che’s youth and upbringing stands out;
“Never really fit in the blocks, but I learned to play Tetris”
This year Che Lingo has played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury as well as The Ends in Croydon. He’ll also be at Latitude and Boomtown in the lead up to his headline UK tour.
Sensitive opener Feet Your Feelings:
Circles has a real amalgamation of styles:
Zuko – showcases Che’s rapping prowess.
Where can I see him live?
Catch Che Lingo at the following dates:
5 September 2019 – The Louisiana, Bristol
6 September 2019 – The Cookie, Leicester
7 September 2019 – YES, Manchester
8 September 2019 – The Mash House, Edinburgh
12 September 2019 – Jazz Café, London
Get tickets for upcoming Che Lingo shows at ticketweb.uk