Today marks the release of HAWA’s debut EP the ONE via b4 / Remote Control. The EP centers on the women HAWA loves: those who she plays and those who play her. The 8-songs written by HAWA, which feature production from Tony Seltzer, Cadenza, Oscar Key Sung and others, include recent singles ‘IPHONE‘ – a melancholic Hip Hop call for romantic ceasefire – and ‘MY LOVE’ – a vulnerable track in which pleading for a lover to stay has never been so danceable. New single ‘FRICK‘ is a quick-paced ode to her baddie and its video directed by Keenan MacWilliam is a cinematic Runaway Bride meets Bonnie and Clyde set in the snowy backwoods.
The 19-year-old who graduated from high school this past spring began her musical career as a pre-teen touring the world as one of the youngest-ever composers for the New York Philharmonic after immigrating from Berlin, where she was born to West African parents, to NYC. HAWA’s insatiable creativity became stifled by the classical world’s stuffy limitations so she broke out. The pivot toward an authentic musical representation of herself has already paid off. Her recent singles have earned attention from Vogue, Pitchfork, FADER, Notion, i-D, Dazed, W Magazine and many more, and garnered collaborations with Telfar and Gap.
the ONE is released on b4, a future-facing label launched in 2018 that serves as a home for tomorrow’s most relevant artists. The music on b4 is a reflection of the genre-smashing landscape, where prior categories no longer apply. This is b4’s first-ever EP release.