At first glance the ascent of Birmingham’s Lotto Boyzz appears meteoric. In September 2016 the vocal duo Ash (20) and Lucas (21) released Hitlist; a summery fusion of sweet RnB harmonies, hot afrobeats rhythm and bass heavy dancehall swagger, Hitlist effortlessly reflected the current fusion sound of Britain, establishing Lotto Boyzz as hotly tipped new artists in the UKs exploding afrobashment scene. Before Hitlist had a chance to settle, they followed up with two more self-released singles, Bad Gyal and No Don, honing their sound to a slick mix of earworm vocal hooks and irresistible dance floor energy. Drawing on afrobeats, rap, bashment and gospel, they had created a sound that was both familiar, yet unmistakably their own creation, bursting onto the scene with three massive songs in the space of half a year, notching up millions of Youtube views along the way. But this sudden rise to the top masks another side to the Lotto Boyz story – the years of grind they have put in that, grind that lends their music a depth and maturity far beyond most of their contemporaries.