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  /  08.26.2021


In a couple of months (October 15), rising star Joy Crookes will unveil her debut LP Skin, a 13-track body of work that was preceded by the funky “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” and its heartfelt title track. Earlier this week, the South London singer-songwriter liberated another single from the project titled “When You Were Mine,” a Blue May-produced effort lucky fans first heard during a secret show in Hackney Wick. Filled with lively instrumentation, “When You Were Mine” sees her reminiscing about a former love in Brixton:

“By the Ritzy, made to measure, I’m shook but you look good together, I had my hesitation, but I just can’t hate him, you’re breaking all the rules, down Electric Avenue, wo-ho, I’ve never seen two men move, hand in hand, Coldharbour Lane, never take it easy on the PDA, I don’t miss you, least not that way, but someone better want me like that someday…”

In regards to Crookes still-early career, the past few years have consisted of three well-received EPs, Influence, Reminiscence, and Perception, as well as loose singles like “Early” with Jafaris, “Anyone But Me,” and soulful covers of hits from Kendrick Lamar and The Wannadies. She also earned a past nominations for both BBC’s “Sound of 2020” and the BRITs’ Rising Star award.

In a recent interview with i-D, Crookes spoke on the meaning behind the forthcoming album’s title, revealing that she’s always been into one-word titles — something that’s clear when looking at her already-acclaimed discography:

My plan always was for my first album to be honest and straight up, and not beating around the bush; strong but vulnerable at the same time, because vulnerability is a strength as well. I was trying to make all of those themes … fit into one word, and I think that’s what [Skin] does.”

Check out “When You Were Mine.”

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