Lewisham-Hailing Jazz Musician cktrl Returns With Uplifting "Mazes"

Lewisham-Hailing Jazz Musician cktrl Returns With Uplifting "Mazes"

May 27, 2021

Last time we heard from cktrl, the multi-talented South East Londoner was dropping off his stunning Robyn EP, a tender and intimate four-tracker dominated by the theme of heartbreak. Now he's back with news of a new EP, Zero, and judging by its lead single, it's sounding a little more uplifting.

"Mazes" is that first taste and it sees cktrl team up with harpist Ahya Simone to create an intoxicating, uplifting whirlwind of melody. That's been carried into the video as well, which comes from director Yasser Abubeker and stars Karlin Carlo and Fateema. It's by no means just an idle pick-me-up, though. Commenting on the visual, cktrl explains that it's intended to be "a love letter to my tribe, those of us fighting to exist and live authentically."

Ahead of the Zero EP's arrival this summer, press play on the visuals below.

Words: James Keith
Photography: Ib Kamara