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Nilüfer Yanya Shares New Single And Video Heavyweight Champion Of The Year

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Molly Daniel

Nilüfer Yanya has released her expansive new single Heavyweight Champion of the Year.

Co-produced by Yanya with saxophonist Jazzi Bobbi and bassist Luke Bower, who play in her live band, the single is out now on ATO Records and arrives accompanied by an intimate, reflective visual directed by EnergyForce, the creative team behind all of Yanya's DIY clips. Yanya explained:

"The video is about the concept of performance and the relation to the individual. We are never really sure who is the real me. This is because we are all in a state of constant performance, whether that be in everyday life or being in front of a camera. Even when we are not performing, how do we know we are not performing? Which is the genuine and which is the fake? Only in retrospect we can look back and realise 'I wasn’t being myself' or 'I was completely myself'."

Heavyweight Champion of the Year is her second single of 2018 following Thanks 4 Nothing and last year's Baby Luv, which both feature on her 'Do You Like Pain?' EP.

Yanya embarks on a run of huge shows supporting Interpol next week, starting on 14 November at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. She's also just announced a run of North American tour dates with Sharon Van Etten throughout February.

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