Multi-disciplinary creative IJALE today shares new single ‘Seaside’. Once again, the Naarm/Melbourne artist and producer showcases he is in total control of his craft; merging afro-centric sounds that pay homage to his Nigerian heritage, with eclectic and future-facing sensibilities.


An artist of immense talent, obvious tenacity and grit, IJALE is at the centre of his arena; a presenter at triple J Unearthed, prolific collaborator, and genre bending producer. IJALE is as multifaceted as they come – and showing no sign of slowing.


‘Seaside’ explores the ideas of egoism, an individual’s agency over reality, and the often undervalued and misunderstood notion of delusion. IJALE transports his listener; melding mediative verses that hum and cruise beneath melodic rap, with a chorus that drops into a seductive whirlpool of, driving basslines, layered production, and a sumptuous trap beat.


“The track is a meditation on where I’d rather be, and the idea of allowing yourself certain dreams or even delusions to take you out of the realities you want to rewrite.” – IJALE



IJALE cemented his place in the Melbourne music landscape with a nomination for ‘Best Solo Artist’ at the 2022 Music Victoria Awards and was invited to showcase at Sydney’s inaugural SXSW 2023. He has supported the likes of Winston Surfshirt, Kojey Radical and Kota The Friend, as well as Tkay Maidza at The Forum for RISING Festival, and Yazmin Lacey in Sydney; played a sold-out headline set at Phoenix Central Park and Section 8 late last year, plus played as part of Valve Sessions.


Genesis Owusu, Kojey Radical, Bakar, and Cruel Santino are some of the artists most aligned to IJALE’s creative output. He has two masterful bodies of work already under his belt – Wildy Disparate Sounds (2020) and OTTN (On To the Next) (2021) – and a knack for phenomenal collaborations: releasing ‘OR WHAT (Feat. VOLDY)’, ‘OKOK (Work)’ with VOLDY and OX4ORD, ‘WYA’ with Valve Sounds label mates Maina Doe and King Ivy, plus featuring on Dugong Jr’s ‘Coup De Grace’.


Multi-disciplinary by nature, IJALE has lent his keen production skills to artists BTV, and VOLDY – his production and feature work on the latter – earning VOLDY a Music Victoria Nomination for ‘Best Hip-Hop Work’. IJALE has also recently cut his teeth as a composer scoring an upcoming Reebok advert, set to air later this month.\


IJALE is at the forefront of merging genres and creative artistry coming out of Australia. ‘Seaside’ is tender and confident step further into the evolving depths of IJALE’s world.


FOR FANS OF: Genesis Owusu / Kojey Radical / Bakar / Cruel Santino


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IJALE – ‘Seaside’Out now via Valve Sounds Listen/watch here



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