Early

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Joy Crookes is hugely talented emerging artist from Elephant & Castle in south London with Irish and Bangladeshi origins. Her husky tones make for some very easy listening. “Early” is her first collaboration with Irish hip-hop artist Jafaris. An excellent blend of hip-hop and soul, this track is about love and bad timing, a theme few people won’t have experienced.

The collaboration is a reminder that there are so many opportunities in London for talented artists from different cultures to come together and create, and the rich diversity of perspectives in the city from the melting pot of cultures.

Her track “London Mine”, released on her EP Perception earlier this year, speaks of the complex relationship she feels to the capital. She captures gentrification, the alienation of living in a “world that appears to be broken”, and yet the sense of belonging in a space open to anyone who lays claim to it.

“The song celebrates the invisible people and how London belongs to no one but everyone,” she told an online publication earlier this year. “It’s a celebration of immigrants who make up this country.”