MUMBAI LOFI PRODUCER SCAYOS MAKES VOCALIST DEBUT ON NEW EP YOU
October 7, 2022 BY Jason Currell
After two years of recording and revising, today 20-year-old pianist, producer, and composer SCayos shares his latest EP You. Thematically, You explores the cycles of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
“This EP has had such a long journey to become what it has become,” reflects SCayos. “A lot of time finding out what kind of music I want to make. It has taken the most time to make by far.”
The five-track EP is the young artist’s second with Nettwerk, following up his June EP shortstories (HERE). You represents a key building block for SCayos’ evolution as an artist, as the project sees him add his own vocals to his music for the first time.
“Using my voice in most of the songs has been very fruitful and a process of self-discovery that I’ve really enjoyed,” he shares. “I think as a producer and musician, it was the next step for…me to fully express what I wanted to say.”
The vocals on You are generally subdued and calm—whether they come from SCayos himself, or guest artists Annie Elise, santpoort and fellow Nettwerk signee Presence—but consistent variations in tempo give the project an extra edge. No moment captures this better than the snap transition between the fast-paced, shaker-heavy “Waiting” (HERE) and the meandering “Pretty Lies” (HERE).
You is available at all digital retailers here: https://scayos.ffm.to/you-ep
01. Walkaway (with Annie Elise)
02. Waiting (with santpoort)
03. Pretty Lies (with Presence)
SCayos is a prolific lofi producer hailing from Mumbai, India. A former student at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the young artist blends soothing and comforting beats with jazzy, hip-hop energy. The result is a listening experience perfect for reflection, adventure, and naps. Listening to SCayos will result in feeling more laid-back. More relaxed. More easy-going and calm. To press play is to engage in a series of lullabies for all ages, where any number of tracks are certain to take you far, far away.
In 2021, SCayos released his debut full-length, Ethereal Nights. At 15 songs, the LP was released through Lofi Records and showcased an atmospheric palette of daydreaming beats. Vivid and lush wonders. Features included familiar names such as Barnes Blvd., frumhere, Phlocalyst, Strehlow, and more. Along with his debut, SCayos has also released numerous EPs and singles, both collaborative and solo. All of his tracks create a cohesive through-line that connect his projects, forming an expansive catalog that captures a vibe. Ambient and alive.
Despite this outpouring of consistently quality music – and despite making beats since age 12 and having played piano since age 5 – SCayos is just getting started: his first release only dates back to 2019 and he’s ramping up for many more releases. Not only lo-fi beats but music that pushes boundaries and experiments with vocals. Full of inspiration and influences that range from Maurice Ravel to Kanye West, Daniel Caesar to Frank Ocean, you can expect much more from SCayos, including another full-length down the road and plenty of singles and collaborations along the way.