Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: Because Music
In the remarkably unsexy year of 2020, you wouldn't expect an artist to evoke the glowing grime of a club so exactly, but Shygirl manages to do it with her latest EP, ALIAS. Similar to 2018's Cruel Practice, ALIAS finds Shygirl spitting vulgarities like they're her typical weekend plans, aided by oily bass lines from producers like longtime collaborator Sega Bodega. This time, though, Shygirl's voice carries a bit more over the muck; the production is bolder and more focused, like throwing a sharpened knife at a wall rather than a smattering of darts.
Shygirl's music is the embodiment of sweet and sour. The South London artist first made waves in a slew of club mixes back in 2016, when she released the promising Sega Bodega-produced single, "Want More." On that cut and the following Cruel Practice EP, the marriage of Shygirl's delicate, albeit offhand, vocals and the high-strung production of fellow NUXXE co-pilot Bodega proved a formidable force. On Shygirl's latest EP, ALIAS, she takes the vast spectrum of pop by storm, introducing us to her four alter egos: Baddie, Bonk, Bovine and Bae.