Skateboarder-turned-musician Laykn returns with his new single ‘Superhuman’. Having always used musicianship as an outlet for creativity, the first taste of his new works is an exciting start to his next chapter.
Written and produced in London alongside Ant Whiting (M.I.A., Lisa Mitchell, SOAK) and Lucy Taylor (Friendly Fires, Dua Lipa) ‘Superhuman’ brings together Lakyn’s somewhat dark and low-slung vocal with flashes of warping electronica, which comes and goes amongst the uplifting, groove-filled production. It almost feels like a track plucked from Grand Theft Auto’s infamous, cutting-edge soundtrack; a nod to one of his favourite songwriting processes, in which he writes music based on what he’d imagine hearing on one of the video game’s cult-adored radio stations.
Performed live for the first time on Isol-aid Festival, ‘Superhuman’ is a result of the personal learnings that Lakyn has taken on over the last few years; the track being a little more introspective and mature than Lakyn’s past work. Singles ‘Choir Boy’, ‘West’, ‘View Looks So Good’ and ‘Sweet Days’ from his 2018 EP ‘& Pains’ already captured serious attention from tastemakers like Happy, Pilerats, Beat Magazine, The Music and triple j, garnering now over 16 million streams across DSPs. He has supported the likes of Vera Blue, Eves Karydas, LAUV and Eric Nam, as well as headlined sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Born in Auckland but now living in Melbourne, Lakyn has become synonymous with Australia’s genre-bending next generation; his 2018 EP ‘& Pains’, for example, moulding together textures of indie, R&B, hip-hop and pop for a collection of tracks reflective of someone just beginning to hit their stride – both musically and personally.
Since a skateboarding injury encouraged him to learn guitar, Lakyn’s music career and creativity continues to reach a new peak. Last year he travelled to London for a songwriting trip to work with fellow producers and songwriters pushing boundaries within music, using the time to hone-in-on his skills as well as learn new ones, something reflected in the work he’s been making since.