Monday Mix: Little Simz, Sylvan Esso, Sleater-Kinney
Musician Little Simz (aka Simbiatu ‘Simbi’ Abisola Abiola Ajikawo) takes a moment to call out women from Tanzania to Brooklyn in the unifying groove of her newest single “Women.” Here, the London-based artist demonstrates a confident lyrical swagger that underpins a sound that not only moves listeners rhythmically but also resonates as a statement of unapologetic strength. “I love it when I see women doing their thing and looking flawless; I’m here for that!” she said in a statement. “It’s empowering, it’s inspiring; I wanted to say thank you and I wanted to celebrate them.” ‘That message of empowerment is beautifully manifested in the video for the song which represents her directorial debut.
Sylvan Esso’s new single with co-producer Teddy Geiger, “Numb,” features the synth-pop tapestry they’ve perfected throughout the years—a sound grounded by an ethereal vocal grace. “The song itself is about figuring out how to shake yourself out of depression by celebrating,” said singer Amelia Meath of the song. “Teddy took the bones of Numb, kept the idea of a serious backbeat, but brought out the softer, romantic parts of the song. I’m just so grateful that we have gotten to work with her.”
Sleater-Kinney have returned as a duo with a forthcoming album in tow called “Path Of Wellness” (their first since the departure of longtime drummer Janet Weiss in 2019). Guitarists and vocalists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker wrote and recorded the album in Portland during the lockdown. This effort, set to arrive on June 11, is also their first self-produced album. The song “Worry With You” leads the way with energic fun and a youthful spirit perfectly captured in the accompanying music video (also shot in Portland and directed by Alberta Poon).
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