Back with a bang with the second single from his much-anticipated debut album Home Is Where the Art Is, East London’s Barney Artist delivers a laid back, lo-fi summer song in the shape of “Rose Thorn”, complimented by Dornik’s dreamlike R&B vocals. As the musician himself says; “Rose Thorn is one of my faves from the album! I wrote this song after me and my ex broke up… it’s pretty much a representation of my love including all the ups and downs! This one should be played on a hot day with a lovely cider.”
A deeply personal debut, Home Is Where the Art Is is the follow up to the acclaimed 2014 mixtape Bespoke and 2016’s Painting Sounds and is a record that is a culmination of a life-long journey for Barney. Sonically fusing 90s era boom bap hip-hop, jazz and electronic soul – with influences from artists such as UK heavyweights Kano and Ghostpoet, and heritage artists The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest – this record represents the enigmatic rapper’s significance as part of the next wave of talent within this crossover jazz scene.
Releasing his first piece of music in 2013, his rise and reputation has been on the trajectory ever since with notable credits including over two million streams on Soundcloud, three million on Spotify – with his 2014 collab with best friend Tom Misch ‘Stay Close’ recently hitting the 1 million streams mark – and over 100,000 YouTube hits.
Barney is deeply confessional on this body of work; tackling everything from bad breakups to his relationship with God via taking care of his family. As an artist that wants to be remembered as an eternal presence in UK hip-hop, this is a phenomenal debut which depicts his own journey of self-discovery and growth.