HEART­BRO­KEN KID

BRI­TISH RAP­PER YXNG BANE SPEAKS ABOUT HIS NEW MIX­TAPE, SELL­ING OUT VENUES AND THE FALLOUTS THAT COME WITH EARLY FAME

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - MUSIC - By Roisin O’con­nor

“Nah, nah, nah, that’s not me.” Yxng Bane, one of the most ex­cit­ing new artists in the UK right now, is laugh­ing bash­fully. I’ve just told him it seems as though he’s barely dropped out of the UK sin­gles chart this year. “I ain’t dom­i­nated the charts,” he says, still chuck­ling. “I do need to live there though. I need to get a Ra­dio 1 res­i­dency.”

The 22-year-old, who went vi­ral with his remix of Ed Sheeran’s mon­ster hit Shape of You, is a product of the stream­ing gen­er­a­tion: a rap­per and singer who flits seam­lessly be­tween gen­res in a way that per­fectly suits mod­ern pop, draw­ing on ev­ery cor­ner of the UK’S mu­si­cal zeit­geist, from afro-trap, dance­hall, hiphop reg­gae­ton, grime and even some Span­ish gui­tar rock.

This canny meld­ing of the most pop­u­lar mo­tifs in mu­sic has earned him a ra­bid fan­base, which has now grown so big that Bane — who re­leased his first EP three years ago and has yet to re­lease a de­but al­bum — has sold out the 2,000-ca­pac­ity Ken­tish Town Fo-

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