Published on February 5th, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
sobhhï – Facts Up
Dubai-born singer-songwriter sobhhï has released a brand new single today: facts up. With a unique voice and delicate production, sobhhï has quickly established himself as one of the most promising emerging artists in the increasingly crowded alt-R&B scene. facts up is the first single from his forthcoming EP, Black I, dropping on February 19th.
On facts up, sobhhï intertwines English and Arabic lyrics, expertly rhyming words from a Saudi-dialect of Arabic with English lyrics (Abgha ashofek alheen // Pull up in the limousine). The blended lyrics come across so naturally that it almost takes a second listen to realize he is in fact singing in a different language. This is the first time the Dubai-born, California-based artist has sung in Arabic on wax, but we’d be surprised if this is not something he adds to his repertoire. sobhhï’s healing, liquid vocals mix divinely with his self-stylized ‘TrapSoul Nocturnal’ production, creating music full of emotion and late night lust feels. sobhhï shared some words about facts up
“I work hard in my writing process to make sure that the lyrics speak for themselves. For that reason, I don’t have much to say here. But hopefully, I was successful in portraying the events of the song in an empty place with no people, no ambience, and no distractions. And of course, at night.
I was challenging myself to amalgamate urban contemporary music and Arabic in a way that felt natural. I want western listeners to hardly notice that I’m speaking a different language and for those who recognize Arabic to do a ‘double-take.’ The opening line is spoken in a dialect coming from the west strip of Saudi Arabia. This isn’t my native tongue, but by way of my music and my curiosity about the region and its culture, I am grateful to have made many Saudi friends over the years. They speak to me in Saudi and have become very close. Through them, I learned a lot about social issues, customs, and language. One night, I was speaking to one of my closest friends and earliest listeners from Saudi and she told me, ‘I wanna hear you speak Saudi.’ So I did… I don’t think she had any idea I was about to put it on wax.”
Stream facts up below & be sure to stay on the lookout for sobhhï’s full EP later this month:Tweet