Every so often someone’s unique talent shines through and it’s clear from the off that they’re heading directly for the success that that they deserve. Case in point being rising reggae stalwart, Mikayla Simpson – known to most as Koffee.
For those unfamiliar, her debut EP Rapture would be the perfect place to start. Hailing from Spanish Town, Jamaica, over the last two years or so Koffee has been sharing her gift and turning some serious heads with her effortless steeze and conscious lyrics. This has left her in fine company; the likes of Cocoa Tea, Chronixx and Protoje all flying her flag and promoting the cause. Not bad for someone who has just turned 19.
Intrigue was sparked back in 2017 after a track named ‘Burning’ was nestling alongside tunes from Busy Signal, Mykal Rose and Lutan Fyah on the freshly produced Ouji Riddim (pronounced Oh-Gee) courtesy of Upsetta Records. With a young, unheard-of voice holding down one of the strongest performances on the album, Koffee had set herself a high bar before she had even really had a chance to get stuck in.
At the beginning of 2018, a video of a live studio performance at Tuff Gong surfaced of a track entitled ‘Raggamuffin’. Stepping up on a modern take of the classic ‘Real Rock Riddim’, after a succinct and melodic introduction by Chronixx, Koffee’s natural grace and command of the vibe left a lasting impression and paved the way for her wonderfully executed debut EP.
It was clear that Koffee was going to shine bright as a beacon of light for reggae and dancehall music. Showcasing raw passion, expert delivery and perceptive lyrics that stretch way beyond her years, it’s her ability to change pace between the sweet and soulful and the fiery and fierce that has caused such a rightful stir.
With an evidently strong and resolute team working behind her, an enticing campaign launched in November in preparation for what has gone on to be her most listened to track, ‘Toast’. With production credits going to Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, it’s not hard to see why the track has expanded her audience far wider than just the “reggae heads” as it sits neatly on the spectrum between reggae, dancehall, afrobeat and just pure, unadulterated vibes.
Gratitude and humility are recurring themes throughout her music and it’s refreshing to see someone with real talent, actively spreading a positive message with such unwavering style. ‘Throne’ achieves this in fine fashion and highlights her skill as a wordsmith whilst making tidy use of a Bunny “Striker” Lee sample from the ‘Don’t Try To Use Me’ riddim that takes the edge off a punchy kick drum. Teaming up with fellow soulstress Jane Macgizmo on the track ‘Blazin’ a spacey, dubbed out slice of goodness is served that still enables Koffee to stamp her signature delivery all over it. The title track ‘Rapture’ features some soft piano licks alongside a skippy beat with her vocal prowess providing most of the rhythm and groove.
For a first outing the Rapture EP is a mighty impressive mini body of work. A digital release is set for March 14th, where as vinyl heads will have to wait until April 5th for that knock from the postman. It is exciting times as Koffee goes about her business blessing ears, soothing souls and getting many people genuinely excited about her upcoming escapades. No two ways about it, this one needs to be checked.
Rapture EP Tracklist
A1 – Throne
A2 – Blazin feat. Jane Macgizmo
A3 – Raggamuffin
B1 – Rapture
B2 – Toast