South Korean Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer, B.I, has teamed up with Indonesian Artist, Afgan, and Manchester-based Electronic Artist, Bipolar Sunshine. Out today via IOK and Transparent Arts, B.I x Bipolar Sunshine x Afgan – Lost At Sea (Illa Illa 2) is a fusion of cultures from all across the globe; effortlessly putting together their talents into one track. The release of this remix arrives one day ahead of B.I.’s highly anticipated return to live performing. On Saturday, October 2 at 11pm EST / Sunday, October 3 at 12pm KST, B.I will be teaming up with LiveXLive for an exclusive global livestream Pay-Per-View concert. Purchase tickets HERE.
B.I speaks on the collaboration; “Bipolar Sunshine was an artist that I always enjoyed listening to, his unique vocals have such a distinct sound that I’ve always imagined what it would be like to be on a track together. I try listening to as much music as possible from all around the world, so that I myself can evolve as a producer. I also think Indonesia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Asia. Especially in terms of music, and I learn a lot from listening to music created by Indonesian artists. When I first heard Afgan’s voice, his soulful vibe really made an impression on me and as a producer, I really love how he represents a new age of artist. I thought the balance of this collaboration was just perfect.”
The original version of “Illa Illa,” which TIME Magazine listed as one of “The Best K-Pop Songs of 2021 So Far,” was part of B.I’s first full-length studio album, Waterfall, released back in June. The music video for “Illa Illa” broke a record of 12.7 million views in 24 hours, making B.I the most viewed male solo artist debut music video within the first 24 hours. Additionally, his album Waterfall was #1 on iTunes in 24 countries. Most simply put, this track is about hope, B.I elaborates; “I wrote the song wishing that it could provide comfort to those that listen to it. Everyone has their own struggles whether it be with relationships, work, family, loneliness. As much as it can seem difficult at the time, there is a beach in the distance. To remember that every chapter that closes just means that a new chapter is about to begin.”
Referred to as a “record-breaking hit” by Teen Vogue, B.I’s initial release of “Illa Illa,” which has been streamed over 30 million times across all platforms to date, continues to infiltrate markets across the globe. Starting in Seoul, Korea: this Remix has now joined forces with Manchester’s very own Bipolar Sunshine, who has billions of streams under his belt and collaborations with artists like DJ Snake, and Jakarta’s fastest rising star, Afgan, who has five solo albums under his belt, countless number one hits, and over 44 million Spotify streams with over 1 million listeners across a staggering 79 countries just in 2019.
Afgan says of the Remix- “I just feel so honored that I got to be a part of this track. I love the song and I think it was beautifully written. The lyrics are very deep and vulnerable and I think it’s important for us to show vulnerability sometimes because it can bring out the strengths that we didn’t know we have as a human being. For me, I personally think B.I and Bipolar Sunshine both are such great artists. I respect their artistry. I respect their talent and I’m so happy I got to be a part of this song. I can’t wait for everybody to hear this collaboration. I think it’s gonna be really dope. I hope you like it.”
Having embarked on a new journey as a solo artist in 2020, B.I launched his own label, 131LABEL, with the industry’s top professionals whose mission is to globalize Korean music while keeping an authentic identity. B.I has always had a clear vision of the impact he wants to make with his music, which includes pushing the boundaries of Korean musicians from K-Pop to a more global mainstream spotlight. His collaboration with Destiny Rogers, who recently went viral in over 20 countries with her single “Tomboy” that was covered by Blackpink’s Lisa, and Tyla Yaweh, Post Malone collaborator, is the perfect representation of global music that B.I is aiming to create. The release of “Got It Like That” landed placements on over 15 New Music Friday Playlists across the globe and garnered rave reviews from places such as MTV and AV Club, who stated “The Stereotypes, the team that produced the track, has a lofty resumé […] so in joining forces with someone with as unerring a knack for hooks as B.I., it was basically impossible for this song to not be an absolute banger. Guest Destiny Rogers’ light and dreamy vocals pair smoothly with fellow visitor Tyla Yaweh’s energetic ad libs; by the time the powerhouse rapper enters with his melodic flow and boastful lyrics, it’s hard not to believe in the power of an impeccably produced pop track.”