You just moved to the big city, you end up at a party where you don’t know anyone and someone walks up to you and asks: “Hey, are you alone here?”. That is exactly the feeling that Porcelain id describes on their debut album Bibi:1, short for the Arabic pet name Habibi. Porcelain id is the pseudonym under which Hubert Tuyishime (they/them/their) has been unleashing unique songs since 2020.

The album – inspired by their move from a quiet provincial town to Antwerp – is the soundtrack to walking into city traffic during rush hour and trusting to get out of the chaos in one piece. It is an ode to exciting encounters with complete strangers and to the friends you can come home to afterwards. A story about being a stranger in a city you’ve romanticized for so long, the rejection that comes with it, and the false nostalgia with which you look back on it all later on.

The new sound is the result of an intense collaboration with producer and partner in crime Youniss Ahamad, who, despite their different musical backgrounds, immediately felt challenged after Porcelain id’s legendary elevator pitch: ‘I want to make something that is situated between Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Yeezus by Kanye West‘.