Born in Africa’s Ivory Coast before coming to the U.S. with his mom at the age of five, snny has announced his new Otitọ EP due out May 8. With pulsing synths, deliciously rubbery production touches, and snny’s elegant and elastic R&B vocals anchoring everything around him, the collection pushes the boundaries of modern pop music while exploring universal themes of love, family, and identity—a balm for the soul as well as body-moving music that’s perfectly and equally suited for raucous parties and moments of deep introspection.
Otitọ is a bold new leap for the 29-year-old musician, embracing his origins as well as the journey he’s made to date. The propulsive drums of lead single “Somewhere in Brooklyn” represent snny’s desire to, in his words, “Make a sad song that people could dance to. It’s about a summer fling coming to an end. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with heartbreak, but it’s wrapped up in nostalgia.” That nostalgic element is cinematically displayed with the “Somewhere in Brooklyn” lyric video released today. “This lyric video is comprised of archival iPhone + super 8 footage from friends and me,” shares Sunny. “An homage to all the moments, places, and people we miss and love.”