Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Mykki Blanco (by Luca Venter) and the album artwork for Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep
Mykki Blanco has announced a new mini-album named Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep, out 18 June 2021.
The news coincides with the release of new single 'Love Me' featuring Jamila Woods and Mykki's little brother Jay Cue (listen below).
Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep marks Blanco’s first official release in nearly five years since their debut full-length Mykki album.
"‘Love Me’ is essentially about so many forms of love"
Mykki shares: “‘Love Me’ is essentially about so many forms of love, patience, trust, time. It is about the potion that is created when you sift through the ingredients that create 'love', the alchemy we as human beings take part in to convey these feelings deep inside of us.
"Jamila really comprises a lot of elements creatively that I just find awesome. Her soothing, soulful and folkloric voice reminiscent of great musicians like Janis Ian or Joni Mitchell. I was completely drawn into Jamila's leaning towards crafting songs with strong lyricism, poetry and themes exploring self-love, intimacy, Black pride, power and vulnerability, so I approached her about working with me and sent her the instrumental for ‘Love Me.’ She made my lyrics her own and created a hazy, cozy, mystical vibe to the production that really planted the seeds of what 'Love Me' became.
"Months later I asked my little brother Jaycue (yes my real brother), to join in on the song. His section of the song he wrote himself and he poured himself into it, heart and soul. That day working with my brother impressed me so much because it was like seeing my own creativity, our family bond, his intense creative force just all coming together and it was extremely emotional for me and it really cemented for me what ‘Love Me’ is about.”
The track’s producer, Daniel Fisher added: “Mykki and I were roommates in Chicago in 2006 and best friends since. They literally spotted me on the sidewalk one day, decided we should be friends and my life hasn’t been the same since. I followed them to NYC in 2008, where they introduced me to club music and we eventually started a band together.
"Ever since that band ended we have been trying to collaborate on a Mykki Blanco track. ‘Love Me’ really is the culmination of so much history for us.”
I’m super happy to share a new song that’s close to my heart “Love Me”. I have admired @jamilawoods as a songwriter, poet and vocalist for many years now. The chance to collaborate with her on this song was a gift upon gifts! https://t.co/PaijN2pCYe— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) April 27, 2021
Today’s single is the follow-up to last month’s 'Free Ride', which was co-produced by FaltyDL and Hudson Mohawke.
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