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Little Simz Returns to ‘Tiny Desk’ with a Lush and Laidback Performance

Little Simz showcases her upcoming fourth studio album in a sophomore run for NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

With her new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, just days away from release, Little Simz offered a final glimpse at the project during a live set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Stepping out with a full band, London-based rapper returned to the series to perform lush and laidback renditions of four songs from her incoming album. Tucked into a couch with a guitarist Chrio Blake and bassist Kenan Shepherd at her shoulders, Simz commences the set with the march of “Introvert” before peeling off into the more somber and personal, “I Love You, I Hate You.” From there, Simz and the band step into Afrobeat territory, premiering a collaborative cut with fellow Londoner, Obongjayar. And as a cap, the crew closes the sequence with a buttery take on the album’s empowering lead single, “Woman.”

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is the fourth studio album from Little Simz. Produced entirely by Inflo (who recently helmed albums for Cleo Sol and SAULT,) it’s set to arrive on Friday, September 3rd, via Age 101, as a follow-up to her 2019 album, GREY Area, which was unanimously considered one of the year’s best outings.

Watch Little Simz hit Tiny Desk with a sleek and funk-fueled live set below. Pre-order your copy of Sometimes I Might Be Introvert on vinyl today ahead of its official release this Friday.

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Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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