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  /  10.18.2021


Over the weekend, rising artist Joy Crookes liberated her debut LP Skin, which contains 13 soulful cuts and was led by its title track, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” and “When You Were Mine” — the last of which also spawned remixes courtesy of Toddla T, Prospa, and Bklava. Taking to social media, Crookes spoke to her fans and supporters about her new release:

“As I’m sure you’ve all realised by now, I take writing and making music very seriously, so it means the world to me to be able to say that I’m so so proud of this album. It’s everything I ever hoped it would be. I’ve talked a lot about ‘Skin’ and the songs on it over the last few weeks so I’m going to leave this here for now because you can all finally GO LISTEN TO IT…”

Skin follows the well-received EPs Influence, Reminiscence, and Perception, along with loose cuts and covers liberated over the past year, including “Yah/Element,” “Early” with Jafaris, “Anyone But Me,” and “You & Me Song.” One of Influence’s standouts, “Power,” was recreated for Skin, and sees Crookes reminding us all about how important women truly are in this world:

“You’ve got bitches, you’ve got hoes, we the people, and we know, all we want is to be accepted, but you don’t, you’ve got ideas, all the same, I’m your scapegoat, feed me blame, in the back of your mind, you know you’re wasting time, and you’re crossing lines with your, crossing lines with your, power, come and spend it on me, power, what it means to be free…”

“Power” also came with a beautiful visual that showcased the special women in Crookes’ life, including her mother, grandmother, and close friends.

Press play on Skin and — if you missed it — the video for “Power” below.

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