Hip-Hop artist and poet Otis Mensah announces the release of his new single and visu­als for Breath of Life. Pro­duced by Brel­staff and fea­tur­ing a guest verse from Hem­lock Ernst, (the rap alter ego of Samuel T. Her­ring from the crit­ic­ally acclaimed synth-pop Future Islands), Breath of Life is a chilled, intro­spect­ive soul­ful hip-hop single infused with a zest­ful flow.

Listen here: Sound­cloud

Hail­ing from Shef­field, Otis Mensah com­bines vivid storytelling with atmo­spher­ic and exper­i­ment­al Hip-Hop sounds. Titled Sheffield’s poet laur­eate in 2018, Otis has worked and toured with heavy­weights such as Ben­jamin Zephaniah, KOTA the Friend, Open Mike Eagle, Mahalia and Blu & Exile. Otis has also received praise and sup­port from The Guard­i­an, Earmilk and The Noise Gate among oth­er out­lets.

Breath of Life explores anxi­ety, fear and claus­tro­pho­bia set against a chilled jazz-inspired pro­duc­tion. Breath of Life is part of Otis Mensah’s forth­com­ing pro­ject, #Otis­Mensa­hEx­ists, a visu­al and audio com­pil­a­tion explor­ing the tal­en­ted wordsmith’s rela­tion­ships with isol­a­tion, tech­no­logy and soci­ety.

Breath of Life is the first release from #Otis­Mensa­hEx­ists, with a planned new single to be released every 3 weeks com­men­cing Tues­day 26 May, accom­pan­ied by ori­gin­al anim­a­tions from Shef­field illus­trat­or Jim Spend­love.

Breath of Life is released OUT NOW on all avail­able stream­ing plat­forms.

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Ins­tagram — @otismensah

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.