Enigmatic R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey releases “alright”, the latest single from her forthcoming new album ‘Remember Your North Star’, set for release on 17th June via Big Dada. Co-produced by Phony Ppl’s Aja Grant, “alright” is a soothing, jazz-inspired ditty that showcases Bey’s love for the genre’s icons like Billie Holiday.
As with previous single “keisha”–which drew support from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and many more—“alright” arrives alongside a video directed and starring Bey herself and which she describes as “a visual representation of me coming through an existential crisis”.
One of R&B’s most exciting storytellers, Yaya Bey uses a combination of ancestral forces and her own self-actualization to seamlessly navigate life’s hardships and joyful moments through music. Bey’s new album, ‘Remember Your North Star’ is an entirely self-written project featuring key production from Bey herself, with assists from Phony Ppl’s Aja Grant and DJ Nativesun, capturing an emotional rollercoaster with a fusion of soul, jazz, reggae, afrobeat and hip-hop that feeds the soul.
Bey’s ability to tap into the emotionally kaleidoscopic nature of women, specifically Black women, is the essence of the entire album. A critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and art curator, with multiple fine art residencies with MoCADA, she draws on themes of misogynoir, unpacking generational trauma, carefree romance, parental relationships, women empowerment and self-love. Her music has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed, Clash and Mixmag.
‘Remember Your North Star’ arrives on 17th June via Big Dada, a label run by Black, POC and minority ethnic people for Black, POC and minority ethnic artists.