Directly following the launch of his latest headlining tour, Skepta is linking up with UK drill artist Headie One for a new visual and collaborative single, “Back to Basics.” Notably, the new vignette for “Back to Basics” was put together by director Hugo Jenkins, while the song itself was produced by popular UK beatsmith Nyge.
“I was in my own psychedelic world for a time making the album, and I love it. And now I’ve got to show it to everyone … It’s good times,” Skepta explained to Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga, opening up about his latest album, Ignorance Is Bliss. “I just want people to listen to it without talking about it. Just listen to it. I don’t want to talk about my music with you, how I made it, why I made it like this and all…I don’t want to talk to you about that because you didn’t make it. I’m going to try and have the first month or so of not really looking at what people think about it. That’s why I’m trying to get most of the stuff to promote it I’m just trying to get it done before it’s out.”
“I thought about the emotions of what I’m talking about, of ignorance is bliss, tied to fingers in the air, like it’s the scream, which is like from the Edvard Munch Scream art,” Skepta added, revealing the back-story behind his new LP’s artwork. “So I’d made these nine pictures, I just Google searched all the expressions that I wanted and I put them. And then when I was looking at each of them of who I thought that could do them the best, that’s what made me pick those people. I had to pick slowthai to do the Scream, especially because the art is not just pictures. We’ve got videos recorded of all those thermal pictures of Thai actually screaming in slow motion and he really embodies that…. I picked them, I picked the pictures before I picked the people basically. Even me holding my daughter like that, I picked it from like an old, I think it was an Oxfam advert.”
You can take a look at Headie One and Skepta’s new music video for “Back to Basics” above.
For more, check out Skepta and Nafe Smallz’s “Greaze Mode” visual.
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