Genre-devouring artist Rocky NTI shows another side of his vast influences with ‘Afro-indie’ pop banger ‘Follow You’, which is available today to stream and download via Virgin EMI. The first offering from recent sessions with co-writers as diverse as Ollie Burden (The Prodigy), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Adele) and Dimitri Tikovoi (MNEK, Charli XCX), ‘Follow You’ is a slick piece of electronic afro-pop produced by Play Dough and Stikmatik, which brings Rocky’s Ghanaian heritage to the fore. Rocky’s vocals effortlessly glide in and out of falsetto over a minimal, tropical groove that’s difficult to resist moving to.
Rocky NTI has come a long way since teaching himself Paolo Nutini songs by ear on acoustic guitar and stealing the show at open mic nights in the midlands. After moving to London from Milton Keynes, he cut his teeth writing with DJ and producer Jakwob, as well as Kano and Ghostpoet, amongst others, honing his writing and production skills. On his return to Milton Keynes he built a home studio and turned back to the rock music that inspired him in his early teens. The result was the ‘Ride On’ EP, which gave Rocky radio exposure, slots at the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival and supporting boyhood favourites Panic! At The Disco. He’s since been snapped up by TW9 Management and Virgin EMI, and given a whole year to delve into his myriad musical influences in the studio.