Hear AK Paul’s new song, “Be Honest”

A new release from AK and Jai Paul’s Paul Institute label.

AK Paul has released “Be Honest,” which he’s described as a song about “giving up control for a moment, allowing yourself to feel something beyond what you’ve known.”

The track, which foregrounds Paul’s R&B vocals, noodly guitar and various synths, follows his two-track April collaboration with Everything is Recorded (aka the music project of XL Recordings head Richard Russell). It’s also the first release from the Paul Institute—the platform AK runs with his brother Jai Paul—in a while. After a long absence, Jai returned last year with two new songs on XL Recordings, “Do You Love Her Now” and “He.”

“I’m really happy we’re releasing new music with Paul Institute this summer,” AK Paul said in a statement. “It’s been a while coming and the last couple of years have been perilous at times for PI, particularly because of a legal fight that set us back. So besides it being sick music, to return with such a strong set of releases feels like a vindication of our rights as artists too.”

Paul also described “Be Honest” as “a song about liking something you didn’t think you would like, feeling something you didn’t think you would feel—and as you come to your senses being faced with the prospect you’ve only half lived…”

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