On the heels of his latest single ‘Stayback’, Omar Apollo returns to share a new song ‘Kamikaze’, listen HERE.


‘Kamikaze’ is his third release of the year, following the aforementioned self-written and self-produced ‘Stayback‘, which The FADER called “his downright funkiest work to date“, as well as the song’s remix featuring Parliament-Funkadelic’s Bootsy Collins.


Speaking on the inspiration behind ‘Kamikaze’ Omar says: “‘Kamikaze’ is a song that taps into my old emotions, taking it back to when I was younger. When I made ‘Kamikaze’ I was reminiscing on how I used to feel for someone and realizing those feelings are lost and we’re left with nothing. It feels good to hold on to the memories without the feelings it gave me.”


Since his 2018 critically-acclaimed debut EP Stereo, Omar Apollo has continued to ascend as an undeniable talent to watch, becoming one of today’s brightest breakout stars and one of the most talked-about new artists of the last couple of years. Last year he released his second EP Friends, and Rolling Stone named him an Artist You Need To Know, Pitchfork featured him as a Rising artist, he made his late-night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, had two headlining North American tours which included stops at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and Tropicalía Festival, and took his first trip to Australia touring the Laneway Festival along with his debut headline shows in and Melbourne to rave reviews.


He was also part of YouTube’s Foundry International artist development program, with past alumni including Cuco, ROSALÍA, Gunna, Chloe X Halle, and Dua Lipa. In late 2019, he released a pair of singles with Kenny Beats – ‘Frio’ and ‘Hit Me Up’ – the former showcasing Spanish lyrics and playing off of Dembow music, the latter of which featured Dominic Fike. More recently, he released ‘Imagine U’ which was also co-produced by Kenny Beats and was described by Uproxx as “an alluring, melodic anthem about modern heartbreak.


In just a few year’s time, Omar Apollo has gone from teenage strummer to one of the most hotly-tipped R&B artists of his generation. Raised on a steady diet of legends ranging from Brandy and Musiq Soulchild to Prince and Stevie Wonder, the Indiana-raised Mexican-American singer-songwriter picked up a guitar at the age of 11 and never looked back. Learning to play and create in the age of SoundCloud and YouTube, he absorbed his influences both contemporary and classic alike while navigating a variety of genres and styles.


By the time Apollo turned 18, he’d begun uploading his songs to streaming platforms, having fun creating but still not entirely sure about pursuing a career in music. That all changed with ‘Ugotme’, a breakout single fueled by a chance playlist inclusion that grew his fanbase rapidly, the quintessential modern-day music business come-up. That success prompted him to keep honing his craft, resulting in a pair of EPs Stereo (2018) and Friends (2019) that demonstrated his 90s-inspired, subtly bluesy, and occasionally bilingual approach to bedroom soul.


Since then, the now 22-year-old Apollo has transitioned from the freeform D.I.Y. creativity of those beloved earlier records towards a more focused development of his sound. He’s making deeper connections between his music and his Latin roots while laboring over each song in ways he never would’ve before. Part redefinition, part enhancement, the autobiographical new material he’s been working on for his upcoming projects promise to bring him to another level in his career.


‘Kamikaze’ by Omar Apollo is out now, buy/stream it here.



“Sleek, soulful, heartache-infused love songs”

“A triple threat of an artist with plenty to offer”

“Lovelorn songs that reconcile the sultry sounds of D’Angelo, Prince, and Frank Ocean with Mexican soul and traditional corridos” 
Rolling Stone


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