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Tokio Myers ft Akala 'Enter The Jungle' by Chirolles Khalil

Rob Ulitski - 14th Jan 2020

New director Chirolles Khalil directs a semi-autobiographical promo for Enter The Jungle, which revisits Tokio's youth and his struggle to choose between his passion for music and social expectations. 

Nestled in a small room within a tower block, Tokio has his head down as he repeatedly runs through chords on his keyboard. We see the young artist dip his feet into the quintessential aspects of teenage life - hanging with friends in the park, having a first puff of a cigarette, playing sports - but nothing compares to the high he gets from being in his room, making music and exploring the depths of his artistry. 

With a high-energy performance from Myers and Akala, the patchwork of different moments in the artist's life mirror the structure of the track, at times sounding like a full-on James Bond theme, and conversely like low-key bedroom rap. The sum of the different parts blend brilliantly to form a unique project with a fresh perspective.

"We wanted to show that we were not always a product of our environment but are who we choose to be", explains Khalil. The sheer ambition and scale of the video marks him out as a talent to watch out for. 

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  • Narrative
  • Alternative
  • Hip Hop

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Chirolles Khalil
Producer
Meghan Willcox
Production Company
Noir
Executive Producer
Greg Smith
Executive Producer
Javier Alejandro
1st AD
Daniel Stoker

Camera

Director of Photography
Sam Friend
Focus Puller
Romyn Sharma
2nd AC
Finn Sheriton
Steadicam
Justin Theodore

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Joe Nkadi

Art

Art Director
Zara Mills

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Chess Lulli

Editorial

Editor
Magdalena Plugowska
Editing company
Trim Editing

Grading

Colourist
Jason Wallis
Colour grade company

Commission

Label
Sony Music

Other credits

Production Assistant

Molly Bolton

Drone

Drone Capone

Camera Trainee

Jacob Sack

Spark

Marcus Yankey

Choreography Supervisor

Leroy Curwood & Lars Bohte

Movement Director

Max Keeble

DIT

Alys Willcox

Sound Designer

Timo Saila

Rob Ulitski - 14th Jan 2020

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