If Tiggs Da Author’s latest offering Run sounds familiar, that may be because he debuted it on Later With Jools late last year, it’s also included on FIFA 16 and it was also the soundbed for ITV’s 2015 Rugby World Cup trailer.

Following on from his debut single Georgia which has amassed over 1.3million streams on Spotify (and growing!), Run is fresh, full of energy and full of Tiggs’ distinctive style reminiscent of Ray Charles, Finlay Quaye and Andre 3000.

Tiggs said of the track: “The song is about escaping your troubles and just getting away from certain situations and not letting life’s little dramas bring you down. Sometimes it’s better to just run! It’s always great to collaborate with an amazing artist like Lady Leshurr but it’s even better when you’re friends. We’ve known each other for a long time and she nailed it.”

Tiggs will also be supporting Jess Glynne on her UK tour, including the date at Manchester Apollo (18 February).

Born and raised in Tanzania before moving to London at the age of eight, Tiggs is a particularly individual proposition. As influenced by obscure 60s documentaries as he is by east African Jazz, Grime MC Dizzee Rascal and classic Motown acts, the 25 year-old multi-faceted poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and producer is truly one of a kind.

As well as Lady Leshurr, Tiggs is currently working with Show N Prove, Futurecut (Rihanna, Lily Allen) and Mark Ralph (Years & Years). His debut album is set to be conceptual effort and the as-yet-untitled offering is influenced in part by a documentary on the Dapper Rebels of Los Angeles, a sharply dressed crew who were involved in the infamous Watts riots of 1966. “I don’t want to say too much about it yet, it’s early days, but this isn’t a run-of-the-mill record. I want to be brave and daring in everything I do, while making sure the music, the melodies, the beats are really well executed,” he says. “I’m creating a movie with each track, it’s all a slice of my life, an insight into my thoughts and feelings. It might seem straightforward – moving from London to Tanzania, learning to speak English, learning to make music – but the chapters are still being written. My story is only really just beginning.”

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