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Mykki Blanco Shares New Single Free Ride

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Mykki Blanco has unveiled a new single.

Co-produced by FaltyDL and Hudson Mohawke, Free Ride premiered as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last night (March 16). It marks their first new music of 2021 as well as their first single for Transgressive Records.

The track fuses elements of trap music with soulful piano, interspersed with a gospel-tinged chorus. It's accompanied by a video shot in Paris with director Hannah Rosselin. Blanco said:

"Some of the most intimate moments and conversations I have ever shared were with my mother on long drives in the Southern countryside when I was a teenager. The music that soundtracked these memories on our daily journeys was the stuff of my mother's generation. I would find myself daydreaming, reflecting and envisioning the kind of life I would like to create for myself. These memories and the music of Luther Vandross were the first inspirations behind the creation of my new song Free Ride."

Rosselin added: "It was one of my most enjoyable shooting experiences so far. The collaboration with Mykki was based on trust and respect since day one. I met them by chance, and, as we like to say together, it had to happen. If I had to describe some of my intentions with this video, I think I would say that I wanted to picture my representation of the family experience: mixed, unstructured, messy, and yet full of love. I also aimed to break the traditional codes affiliated with a religious gathering like a christening, obviously to try to make it more fun. And finally, with humility and some derision, I wanted to overlap my idea of "the world from before" and hopefully the world that will come after."


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