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Mykki Blanco announces new mini-album, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep

By | Published on Wednesday 28 April 2021

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has announced new mini-album ‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’, their first longform release for five years and their debut for new label Transgressive. The announcement is also accompanied by new single, ‘Love Me’, featuring Jamila Woods and Jay Cue.

“‘Love Me’ is essentially about so many forms of love, patience, trust, time”, says Blanco. “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”, they go on. “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 Jay Cue (yes my real brother), to join in on the song”, they continue. “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”.

As for the mini-album as a whole, Blanco adds: “For me, I am one of those artists who many would say has taken the longer road to get to where I am now, but it’s that journey which has been the reward because the journey really has been my life; the career has just been the outer shell to the deeper things that I’ve experienced, and I can only be here now because of this journey”.

‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’ is out on 18 Jun. Listen to ‘Love Me’ here: