This is my first experience with New Zealand artist Niko Walters. However, if he throws his heart into his music as much as he did on “Soul Food,” I’m here for it. The artist is backed by some funky guitars and a driving drum beat. Lyrically, he speaks on the bond he and his grandmother have because of her cooking. As a Black man, I know my way around soul food, for better or worse. My mom, God rest her soul, was known for making this bomb-ass pineapple coconut upside down cake that I’ve mainly perfected. My aunt is known for her mac and cheese. Essentially, our cooking is what brings us together at times. Not just the cooking, mind you, but the food helps. If his experiences are anything like mine with my mom and aunt, his grandmother is a beautiful soul who can work magic.
That’s the hook, for me, to “Soul Food.” It’s a funky jam, but it’s one that has an universal appeal/approach to it. Check out the track below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.