Howard Kaye, former frontman of alternative hip-hop band CROOX, announces the release of his eagerly anticipated solo material. His captivating debut single‘Origin’ is out today via AWAL.

‘Origin’ is a track that Howard holds a deep connection to as it’s an incredibly raw and touching tribute, and the first song he had written since his father passed away. Beginning with a brooding violin melody that fades behind sweet R&B vocals, ‘Origin’ combines different elements that are the result of Kaye’s diverse musical background. The song cuts to a deeper level that can only be reached through truly vulnerable songwriting, with the verse touching on his thoughts at the time, whilst the chorus takes on a more positive, hopeful slant. 

You can watch the video – which premiered with CLASH magazine – here:

On ‘Origin’, Howard explains “‘Origin’ is probably the most honest song I have ever written. It was quite a daunting task getting the words out on to paper, but it is an experience I am grateful for.”

Citing influences ranging from Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Stevie Wonder – Brighton based Howard joined his first band at the age of 16-years-old. Although he claimed to have been “terrible” at the beginning, he knew that being a musician was all he wanted to do and continued to work on his craft. As lead vocalist of UK Collective CROOX, they received praise from major publications including Telegraph, The Times, The Line of Best Fit, GQ Magazine, Clash Magazine, Complex, Earmilk and Q Magazine, along with support from Radio 1Xtra. They also supported Jeremy Loops, Kate Boy, Astronomyy, Saul Williams, and performed at Secret Garden Party and The Great Escape. Howard is also known for his impressive skills behind the decks and is currently the only resident DJ of House of Vans UK.

This year we see Kaye reach a new phase in his artistry as he really embraces his musical identity as a solo musician. With more new music to come and live shows to be announced, Howard Kaye is a worthy one to watch.