Loyle Carner Drops Madlib-Produced Track "Georgetown"

Sampling Afro-Guyanese playwright John Agard’s ‘Half-caste’ poem.

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Hot on the heels of last month’s delivery, “Hate,” Loyle Carner has returned with a second summer track, dubbed “Georgetown.” The bouncy single, which samples Afro-Guyanese playwright John Agard’s Half-caste poem in its opening and closing bars, sees the South London rapper reunite with multi-hyphenate producer Madlib for the first time since 2020’s “Yesterday.”

In the accompanying visuals, directed by Machine Operated, Agard recites his verses among tranquil sceneries in Georgetown, Guyana, while a closed-eyed Carner listens. The video then showcases life in the Guyanese capital via stunning shots of people riding horses through sunlit fields, chefs concocting authentic plates, children swinging in playgrounds and communities engaging in religious ceremonies, among several other sequences.

“John Agard’s poem Half-caste had a heavy impact on me. To see someone who was older, that looked like me, sharing a reflection of a similar lived experience made me feel comfortable/proud to not fit in,” said Carner in a statement. “It kinda gave me the permission to finally write explicitly about being mixed. There’s so much beauty in the gaps in-between, and in some ways this song touches on that.”

“For me, it’s about finding this inner confidence through understanding of self, and spending time back home,” he added. “It is a representation of finally feeling like one whole person instead of two halves. Also another piece of the MADloyle puzzle. More on the hard drive.”

Carner has yet to reveal plans for a follow-up to his 2019 album Not Waving, But Drowning. Watch his “Georgetown” music video above.

In more music news, Cordae has delivered two new songs: “Unacceptable” and “So With That.”

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