Miloe, who makes deftly-produced tracks uniting traditional Congolese beats of his roots with American bedroom-pop, has announced his upcoming EP Gaps alongside a brand new single “make ur way” via Loma Vista Recordings.
80purppp lends a silky smooth verse to the track, blending seamlessly with Miloe’s harmonically rich vocals. Of the track, Miloe says “‘Make ur way’ your way came through exploring dancehall and EDM vibes in GarageBand in early lockdown. The organic nature of the instrumental and sounds made me think of 80purppp. I was blown away by the beautiful chorus of harmonies and the gentleness in his delivery when he sent me his verse.”
“make ur way” follows the single “floating,” which was accompanied by a trippy video filmed in The Tunnel of Terror in Minnesota. Both tracks were preceded by singles “elastic” which UPROXX described as “flittering [and] intimate” and “where u are” which received critical praise from Teen Vogue and MTV. Additionally, miloe’s earlier hit single “Winona” was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon.
Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior.
Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum, in addition to Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP. After a member of Beach Bunny discovered his music, Miloe was asked to open for the skyrocketing Chicago band at a Minneapolis gig.
Following a marathon three-day studio session with Hippo Campus’ Jake Luppen, the duo transformed a handful of demos Kabeya had stashed away into the Greenhouse EP, which was eventually released in October 2020. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe.