Lil Silva - Still (feat. Sampha & Ghetts)

Song of the Day
Hosted by Gabriel Teodros

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Gabriel Teodros, host of Early on KEXP, is "Still (feat. Sampha and Ghetts)" by Lil Silva, from the 2022 album Yesterday Is Heavy on Nowhere Music Ltd.


 
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photo by Bafic
written by jasmine ALbertson

It may have taken Lil Silva over a decade to finally drop his debut full-length, but he proved it was worth the wait. Since 2010, the UK producer has been winning over fans as a beatmaker who could bring emotion to the dancefloor. Eventually, Silva started to incorporate his airy vocals into his work, expanding his tapestry of sounds.

Yesterday Is Heavy is not only a tapestry of sounds but also collaborators. Lil Silva is clearly well-liked because everyone from Little Dragon, BADBADNOTGOOD, Charlotte Day Wilson, and serpentwithfeet join him on the record. Our Song of the Day, “Still,” is just one of two tracks South London singer Sampha lends his vocals to alongside some help from grime MC Ghetts.

The smooth track gently grooves until the beat kicks in and Sampha leads with anxiety-riddled lyricsm about wanting to love but knowing he’s not in the right mental place for it. Ghetts backs him on the sentiment with his compelling verse, “Just come back from my therapist /Wouldn't recommend it /I opened up too much /Book in every sentence /I don't need an analyst /To tell me I'm an anarchist.” Silva’s touch is light but his gentle coos back the boys for the intimate posse cut.

Watch the video for Yesterday Is Heavy opening track "Another Sketch" below.

 

 

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