Hip-hop artist AKTHESAVIOR and lo-fi producer sagun have officially announced their forthcoming joint album u r not alone, releasing on March 22, 2024 via Platoon. Featuring an array of guest collaborators – from Pink Siifu to Mick Jenkins, Erick The Architect, A$AP Twelvyy, Jaws of Love (Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives), and Azizi Gibson – the project meditates on self-actualization and the search for community within a social landscape that feels increasingly disconnected; distilled within fourteen tracks that collide the worlds of rap and lo-fi.
“To us, ‘u r not alone’ is a message of solidarity. As humans, we’re all unique individuals, yet we all go through similar experiences and can help each other by spreading love and being more open and united,” says AK about the record. “In this fast-paced society that we’ve created for ourselves, we tend to lose connection to the fundamental things that make us feel whole. Community, knowing your self worth, treating others with kindness, making mistakes and learning from them. This album is meant to bring those things back into view as a reminder of what truly holds value in life.”
Alongside the announcement of u r not alone, AK & sagun have released their new single “Humble feat. Pink Siifu” today. A track about staying grounded and remembering where you came from, “Humble” serves up the duo’s third and latest taste of the album, having been preceded by “No Scars” and “Tetsuo’s Ways.” The latter of which, a collaboration with Mick Jenkins, draws inspiration from the cyberpunk anime film Akira as a parallel for a specific life experience: witnessing how the taste of power can corrupt a friendship.
From rap to lo-fi, to the thousands of miles between AK & sagun’s respective homes of Brooklyn and Nepal, u r not alone is a world-bridging album. Finding common ground over things like anime and the inspiration they draw from the natural world, the duo bonded and collaborated via FaceTime from opposite ends of the planet before eventually relocating to Los Angeles and meeting in-person for the first time this year.