1LP Vinyl – AGE101001LP

The entire album was produced by Simz’s childhood friend, Inflo. Using more live instruments in place of sampling—guitars, strings, pianos, and drums, mostly—they never settle into one space. No two songs on GREY Area sound the same, even when they’re similar the objectives vary, as she probes into their many grooves. “I’m JAY-Z on a bad day, Shakespeare on my worst days,” she snaps through the scuzzy bass and strings on “Offence.” “Therapy” seems to invert that song’s template for something more downtempo and cleansing. By the time the album settles into the gorgeous bed of “Flowers,” which reunites Inflo with singer and guitarist Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz has already proven herself a master of her universe.