Lost Boy

Rawiri James

The incredible story of one man's journey of addiction, told through the syncopated rhythms of contemporary R&B and hip-hop-driven soul.

Addict. Advocate. Author. Artist. These are just some of the words used to describe Rawiri James. Two more? Lost Boy.

An Alternative R&B album with modern hip-hop and soul influences, James’s debut solo record is a refreshingly candid confessional about the excesses and repercussions of life lived hard. Bottle Down, a moody mid-tempo jam and the first single to be lifted from the record, sets the scene with haunting harmonies and lyrical embellishments that paints pain as a necessary catalyst for growth.

Ballads like “HELL.O.V.E.” and “How I Got Over” continue this theme, while hip-hop oriented tracks “Voices…” and “Zero Gravity” explore the ferocity of addiction. Up-tempo cuts “Trip The Alarm”, “Mess With My Cool” and “Hey, Kid” offer light at the end of a dark tunnel.

While finishing the album, the songs’ themes inspired the musician to write a fictional novel about a struggling young addict who discovers he has a superpower. The result? A captivating and cool music-and-novel odyssey that Rawiri James hopes will inspire as well as entertain long-term fans of R&B music and YA fiction.

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Trip the Alarm

Rawiri James

An upbeat throwback to the good old days of R&B-inspired hip-pop.

The second single from James's forthcoming 'lost Boy' album, 'Trip the Alarm' is the club-ready throwback to the good old days of R&B-inspired hip-pop. Opening with a simple drum beat, the track soon descends into a thumping, bass-heavy affair as the New Zealand-born singer laments his troubled relationship with alcohol.

"Keen addictions, between afflictions... I guess I had it coming," he starts, as the Timbaland-ish production scales into a sing-along hook. By the time the chorus reaches it's zenith, you'll be humming along to his multi-layered "ums", catching just enough breath to hear his second verse plea for reprieve.

A 21st century self-empowerment anthem; as good as anything Billboard could hope to demonstrate.

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Bottle Down

Rawiri James

A haunting, mid-tempo R&B cut about heartbreak.

Addict... Author... Artist... These are just some of the words used to describe Rawiri James and never was this more apparent than on the lead single from his debut solo album.

"I'm sitting in darkness and it's silent," he sings resignedly against haunting synth notes. "Now I'm going once more to the store, I'm a bottle down, again."

A mid-tempo R&B cut about the punishing reality of heartbreak, Rawiri James paints images with words while his cool baritone vocals build melismatically to the bridge-break crescendo that is as deeply effective as it is impressive.

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