Sometimes I Might Be An...

Cat No: AGE101002CD

A bold, quantum leap forward from the critically beloved Grey Area, this is hardly music

aiming simply for the pop charts; rather, it is turbo charged with the kind of fury and potency,

confusion and anxiety that make up the modern experience of being Black, British and female

at this particular point in time. This is no mere philosophical exercise, however – the result is

her most ambitious and soaring body of work to date, one which operates at the very heights

of what rap can be.

 

Without wasting any time at all, the album opens with the heart stopping clarion call of

Introvert, a visceral essay about lives lived in the cross-hairs of society, fuelled by fear,

exhaustion, frustration, but also a kind of white hot political awakening. Its a full-bore,

high-stakes, facing up to death riposte, as urgent as it is compelling, complete with a

stunning video by Salomon Lightelm which is by turns majestic and terrifying, with a chopped

up, collaged structure perfectly mirroring the landscape it maps; a place of beauty and danger,

of violence and dogged resistance. The centre, Simz is keen to remind us, will not hold (man

its like they cant sleep until our spirit is crushed) and here she is driven to document

every unsparing detail.

 

The ensuing tracks, produced by Inflo in LA and London, run into each other seamlessly and

enlist the rapidly emergent likes of Cleo Sol, Obongjayar and even The Crown actress Emma

Corrin, to create a kind of rangy, nimble storytelling which conjures up the febrile, strident

world we live in with an unflinching energy and vividness. These songs are flash-lit Polaroids,

ready framed and developing before our very eyes, and their creator is nowhere and everywhere,

documenting a new natural history in which moments of tenderness (Miss Understood)

coexist with shocking violence (Little Q Pt 2), and unabashed celebrations of femininity

(Woman) sit alongside deeply personal glimpses of introspection (I See You).

 

Of the many voices in music today, Simz is among the most commanding, writing at a pitch of

intensity and urgency that few can match. However, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is no

diatribe. Instead, it is an intensely alive hybrid, a work of radical honesty that uses personal

history as a means of magnifying and challenging the paradoxes we find ourselves in, both social

and personal, macro and micro. Like some of the legendary musicians that came before her, Simz

is looking at the chaos and disorder in the world right now with resourceful, refined eyes, and

she sees the glorious opportunity and enormous responsibility that affords.

This is the end result; listen on in wonder.

  • 1. Introvert
  • 2. Woman (feat. Cleo Sol)
  • 3. Two Worlds Apart
  • 4. I Love You I Hate You
  • 5. Little Q Part 1
  • 6. Little Q Part 2
  • 7. Gems
  • 8. Speed
  • 9. Standing Ovation
  • 10. I See You
  • 11. The Rapper That Came To Tea
  • 12. Rollin Stone
  • 13. Protect My Energy
  • 14. Make Promises
  • 15. Point and Kill (feat. Obongjayar)
  • 16. Fear No Man
  • 17. The Garden Interlude
  • 18. How Did You Get Here
  • 19. Miss Understood

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Genre

Hip Hop

Released

03/09/21

Record Label

AGE101 Records
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