As we sprint towards the final quarter of 2019, it is hard to deny that one of its shining lights has been Little Simz. Spring saw the release of her critically lauded third album Grey Area, an astounding body of work which was also her most deeply personal to date. The likes of Metro, Independent and NME awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars, and it is currently sitting pretty in the top 3 of the Metacritic charts for the Best Album of 2019 Summer saw her play blinding sets at all the festivals that mattered, including Primavera, All Points East and Glastonbury, where her performance was one of the most buzzed about on the weekend. She quickly followed that up by nabbing her first ever Mercury Music Prize nomination, alongside such esteemed contemporaries as Dave, Slowthai, Cate Le Bon and more.
The last few weeks has also seen her collect even more – for “Breakthrough Artist” and “Best Album” at this year’s Q Awards, and “Best International Flow” at the BET Hip Hop Awards. And that’s not even the measure of it – she also has a starring role in the hotly anticipated, Drake-revived new season of “Top Boy” which dropped on Netflix last week and is bringing in incredible reviews for her acting prowess. And this autumn will also see her embarking on a victorious string of UK live shows, with most dates sold out (including London and Nottingham).
To celebrate, Simz today releases a gorgeous video for her track “Flowers”, a warm, beautiful clip featuring Michael Kiwanuka as they perform a breathtaking live version of the album track. It’s just another glimpse into the astonishingly limitless talent of Little Simz, and another compelling reminder of why “Grey Area” will be one of the records of the year.