Drop 6 (Blue Vinyl)
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Milky Clear Vinyl)
Dancing breakbeat drums, fuzzed up funky hip-hop bass and of course fast-flowing words pitter pattering against an infectious moving, grooving backing. Horns and flutes fly, jazzy breaks and samples flit between words and grrrl-gang vocal backing chants slip in and augment choruses. This is the debut album from North London rapper, actress (she was ‘Vicky’ in BBC’s Spirit Warriors and ‘Meleka’ in E4’s series Youngers) and musician Simbi Ajikawo following on from two other albums and a slew of mixtapes and singles.
Drop 6 is Little Simz' first solo release since the Mercury-nominated Grey Area album. The EP was recorded during lockdown. Little Simz produced the tracks herself, with additional production from Kal Banx, BLK VYNL, St Francis Hotel, and OTG. The tracks are urgent, immediate, powerful lyrically with a stripped back production.
Over the course of her lush, expansive, defiantly sprawling new album, "Sometimes I Might Be Introvert", released on Age 101, the Ivor Novelloaward-winning, Mercury nominated Little Simz delivers an undeniable modern classic, effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music which thrillingly broaches the gap between urgent modern treatise and hip hop. 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