In the new single Wesley Black ample space to let his distinctive vocals run the show, exposing raw timbres and impassioned hues. In stark contrast to Black’s usual propulsive beats, a subtle percussion arrives in the chorus as every ounce of fire normally reserved for body-jerking rhythms is saved for a powerful vocal delivery that lands squarely in the chest.
Wesley Black, is swapping his pulsing trap beats and electronic hip-hop production for acoustic guitar suave in his latest single ‘King Of The World’ (out March 4), demonstrating that his reign isn’t limited to one genre.
Celebrated for his ability to fuse his brand of scorching hip-hop/ rap/ RnB with sleek pop textures and driving rock-inspired melodies, Wesley Black’s journey to defy genres, and expectations, continues with the release of new single ‘King Of The World’.
With last year’s debut album ‘Angel’ hailed as a scorching alt hip-hop success, the Perth-based artist is continuing to evolve his sound, determined to showcase his sonic dynamism by incorporating strong indie-rock and pop influences into his music, as seen with last year’s single ‘Better With You’.
Black turns up the heat in the second verse with bursts of slickly spun lines, coming in hot with that unstoppable WB execution, a reminder that although the instrumental is reminiscent of a campfire acoustic, it still beats with the heart of a sleek hip-hop track.
Wesley shares, “‘King of the World’ is a song I wrote about finding someone who can make you feel special, even in your darkest days. It’s about the time I felt weakest, and struggled to find anything of value in my life, until I found someone special. Somehow no matter how bad things got in my own world, I could always feel like the king of the world by her side, and I can only hope I did the same in return.”
Lyrically, ‘King Of The World’ sees Wesley Black further exploring vulnerability within his songwriting, with the track acting as a pessimistic love song, touching on an inability to see the good in oneself without relying on the presence of someone else. He states:
Since his debut, Wesley Black’s previous releases have seen growing support from the likes of Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, Cool Accidents, Tone Deaf, Pilerats, Scenestr, MILKY, Aus Music Scene and more.
Wesley Black’s newest single ‘King Of The World’ is out on March 4 and will be launching the track at Perth’s Aardvark on March 11 with a bunch of special guests.
‘King Of The World’ Launch Event
March 11 – The Aardvark, Perth | Tickets
w/ Oshua, charity., Voose Pablo, X4nder, YNGRACH (DJ) and Astron (DJ)