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08.09.2021, Words by Maisie Goulsbra

In his brand new single with Desta French, Osquello examines the meaning of home

“For me this is the first of many songs that builds up my journey to find 'Paz Na Cidade' which translates to peace in the city."

Leeds-via-London rapper, songwriter and producer, Osquello, has joined forces with Italian-Columbian R&B artist Desta French on a track that touches upon social, cultural, and political themes. New single ‘Back Home’ is a lo-fi hip hop tune which sees the pair trade vocal hooks and bars centred on the concept of ‘home’.

Desta French’s music takes on characteristics of both Latin and London sounds, while Osquello’s relocation from London to an attic room in Leeds at age sixteen (where due to money being tight, he lived in a house with no internet) meant he found solace in his Dad’s music equipment and record collection.

With both artists now living in London, the new track is a pairing of two likeminded and exciting artists, who have joined together to explore what Desta French describes as a song, “about getting out of the city… the rat race, the confusion, the distractions; all the things that get in the way of you connecting with who you truly are and what’s really important.”

“For me this is the first of many songs that builds up my journey to find ‘Paz Na Cidade’ which translates to peace in the city,” adds Osquello.

After his debut ‘Good Morning Simulation’ EP was released in 2019, Osquello received notable attention from the press which led to his collaboration with Goldie and James Davidson on the ‘Something Behind Me’ EP. He rounded off 2020 by selling out the Jazz Café just three days before the UK’s second national lockdown.

For Osquello the track is, “about connecting to your roots and wondering if that all along, when racist nationalist England would tell you to go ‘back where you came from’ or ‘back home’, is it actually for the best? Maybe wherever our roots and people resign, is where our home is. The meaning of home is often vaguely described, and this song was an exploration as to what home really means. At the same time, I think it translates heavily to anyone on the way home after a long night out trying to realise who they truly are.”

‘Back Home’ is out now via DMY.

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