Remi has had a pretty big year. His sophomore album Divas and Demons has created waves in the local hip-hop scene, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. After the huge success of lead single ‘For Good’ featuring the one and only Sampa The Great, Remi has just graced us with the dark, grainy, and moody clip for the second single, the mellow and soulful ‘Lose Sleep,’ featuring UK based artist Jordan Rakei.
Filmed on the streets of Melbourne and London, the clip features them walking along darkened streets while performing the song. The track is a bold and frank discussion of institutional racism that exists in the Australian community, and Remi relays a tragic story of being stopped by police at a young age and accused of selling drugs, apparently due to the colour of his skin. Though the song has a laid back air to it, the message that we are not awake enough to the everyday racism that has infected the bloodstream of our society is harshly apparent. The entire length of the record Divas and Demons is something of a reflective analysis of the broken world around us and seeks to heal divides and create unity. Check out our review of Divas and Demons and the insightful impact if offers to its listeners here.
Remi has said of the new single and video, “since our last record, a lot of young mixed race Aussie kids have come to me talking about how much they can relate to the racial struggle in our music. I don’t think that’s a good thing, but I’m proud that these kids feel a little less alone, because of some songs we didn’t think anyone would hear. It also became an inspiration for me to continue opening up about my experience. Often you can feel like one crazy beige kid in a sea of ignorance shouting about equality. These kids helped change that for me. The most beautiful thing about a lot of musicians I know is how much the social climate effects them. Jordan Rakei is one of those musicians. Even though we were literally continents apart when he worked on this joint, with very little background on the song, Jordan was able to match the tone and message immediately. Partially because his voice sounds like liquid gold, but mostly because I know he gets it. It’s very apparent across his discography (if you haven’t heard it, get it) that he cares for our planet and the people in it. Thanks for being one of the good guys my brother.”