Anup Kumar Paul (born 1986) is an English singer-songwriter and producer from London. A. K. Paul came to prominence in 2011 as a contributor to brother Jai Paul‘s debut single “BTSTU (Edit)”. The following year Paul also worked on Jai Paul’s “Jasmine (demo)” and “Higher Res” as well as co-writing for artists Sam Smith and Emeli Sandé, resulting in winning an Ivor Novello Award in 2013.
A. K. Paul, Jai Paul, and Muz Azar announced a new project called Paul Institute in 2016. Paul released “Landcruisin’“, his first solo record, via the platform.
Paul is credited as providing additional vocals and sound design on brother Jai Paul‘s demo recording “BTSTU“, as well as mastering the track. The demo received widespread blog coverage throughout 2010, leading to significant UK national radio play. In 2011, Jai Paul’s record label XL Recordings gave the demo an official release as “BTSTU (Edit)” to favourable reviews.
Paul is credited as providing bass guitar and sound design for Jai Paul‘s 2012 release, “Jasmine (demo)”. He also mastered the track, as with Jai Paul’s debut release. “Jasmine (demo)” received critical acclaim in the media, with Pitchfork featuring the song as a “Best New Track” within an hour of its appearance on SoundCloud, The New York Times praising its “Prince era sensuality” and The Guardian describing the production as “amazing.” The song appears on the soundtrack to the 2013 video game, Grand Theft Auto V.