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Age 101 Music

Little Simz ‎– Grey Area

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Age 101 Music

Little Simz ‎– Grey Area

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Little Simz is still seeking a sense of direction on her wondrous new album GREY Area. The “grey area” in question is her mid-20s, a “strange place” she’s eager to navigate through and out of, by the sound of it. “I just wrote the album from a place of confusion,” the rapper born Simbi Ajikawo recently told Noisey, making the uncertainty of a quarter-life crisis seem like navigating the fog of war. A similar search for certainty ran through her second album, 2017’s Stillness in Wonderland, a Lewis Carroll-based introspective adventure throughout which she sought a better understanding of self. Armed with lessons from that stumble down the rabbit hole, she is far more assured on GREY Area. It is a coming-of-age marvel.

Wonderland was tangled and overwrought. The album was full of ideas and unsure how to express them. But working on GREY Area, Simz uncovered the source of her disorientation: she was taking in too much outside noise and losing her bearings. In her effort to solve the impossibility of being young and indecisive (coupled with the sensory overload of trekking across Europe), she has improved as a songwriter and storyteller. She is so grounded in her perspective that even her examinations of societal decay feel deeply personal. She buoys these probing looks into the heart of darkness with intimate glimpses from inside her life in motion. The drudgery of touring, the struggle of modern relationships, processing the trauma of a friend getting murdered, each handled with a delicate and deft touch that never dulls her piercing flows. These are the songs of a woman responding to a nebulous time by making her own way forward. “Sometimes we do not see the fuckery until we’re out of it,” she explains on “Therapy.” “Some people read The Alchemist and still never amount to shit.”

The entire album was produced by Simz’s childhood friend, Inflo. Using more live instruments in place of sampling—guitars, strings, pianos, and drums, mostly—they never settle into one space. No two songs on GREY Area sound the same, even when they’re similar the objectives vary, as she probes into their many grooves. - Pitchfork

Label: Age 101 Music ‎– AGE101001LP

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, White

Country: UK

Released: 01 Mar 2019

Genre: Hip HopFunk / Soul

Style: ConsciousNeo Soul