Mykki Blanco has announced the June 18 release of a new mini-album, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep - the album will be available via all DSPs on that date and the physical formats available October 1. You can preorder your copy here.
It marks Blanco’s first official release in nearly five years since their debut full-length Mykki album. Today they also share the second taste of Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep by way of the new single Love Me (ft. Jamila Woods & Jay Cue). The track was written by Mykki but elevated by the contribution of Jamila Woods as well as Mykki’s real-life brother, Jay Cue. It was produced by Daniel Fisher (Physical Therapy) with additional production by FaltyDL.
Mykki shares: "Love Me is essentially about so many forms of love, patience, trust, time. It is about the potion that is created when you sift through the ingredients that create "love", the alchemy we as human beings take part in to convey these feelings deep inside of us. Jamila really comprises a lot of elements creatively that I just find awesome. Her soothing, soulful and folkloric voice is reminiscent of great musicians like Janis Ian or Joni Mitchell. I was completely drawn into Jamila's leaning towards crafting songs with strong lyricism, poetry and themes exploring self-love, intimacy, Black pride, power and vulnerability. So I approached her about working with me and sent her the instrumental for Love Me. She made my lyrics her own and created a hazy, cozy, mystical vibe to the production that really planted the seeds of what Love Me became. Months later I asked my little brother Jay Cue (yes my real brother), to join in on the song. His section of the song he wrote himself and he poured himself into it heart and soul. That day working with my brother impressed me so much because it was like seeing my own creativity, our family bond, his intense creative force just all coming together and it was extremely emotional for me and it really cemented for me what Love Me is about."
Fisher says, "Mykki and I were roommates in Chicago in 2006 and best friends since. They literally spotted me on the sidewalk one day, decided we should be friends and my life hasn’t been the same since. I followed them to NYC in 2008, where they introduced me to club music and we eventually started a band together. Ever since that band ended we have been trying to collaborate on a Mykki Blanco track. Love Me really is the culmination of so much history for us."