London artist Sakima was first attracted to a boy when he was 6: “I remember very distinctly a group of girls laughing at me and weirded out that I fancied a guy,” says the electro-R&B musician born Isaac Sakima. Though the feelings weren't reciprocated (“He was straight, as far as I know”), his childhood crush serves as the namesake for the 26-year-old’s Ricky EP (out Oct. 13). Through the seven songs, the singer-producer fetishizes daddies, rejects heteronormative traditions and explores the lexicon of Polari, a coded language used by gay men in Britain in the 1950s and ’60s, when homosexuality was illegal.
AS NASTY AS HE WANTS TO BE
Rather than cloaking references in innuendo, Sakima is forthright in his lyricism and doesn't hold back when it comes to being explicit. But he’s raunchy with purpose: “I’m not doing it for the sake of it or because I’m a horny fucker,” he says. “I’m doing it to represent gay people. We’re so underrepresented in pop music, especially when it comes to sexual expression. I want queer people to feel more connected to the mainstream culture.”