After seeing Melbourne duo REMI perform an incredible set in Sydney last week, Remi Kolawole and Justin Smith (Sensible J) aka REMI have released the visuals for their new single, ‘Lose Sleep’ featuring London-based artist Jordan Rakei, which is an excellent new tune with an even better message behind it.
Filmed from both Melbourne and London, the clip features both Rakei and Kolawole walking darkly lit streets singing the highly personal lyrics with a reflective sensibility.
Kolawole raps about growing up and the struggles that came with his life just because of his skin colour. From interactions with the police and racial profiling, to not being understood by his friends, to the times he realised that the world “is darker than it seems”.
‘Lose Sleep’ is an deep and emotional single that not only needs to be heard but should also be shared. <3 Read Remi and Sensible J‘s words on ‘Lose Sleep’ below:
“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 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.” [sic] – Remi
“I know Rem already mentioned Jordan Rakei, but damn, I’m mentioning him again! When I downloaded the vocals he sent, popped em in the track (already lined-up – thank you bro), then hit play……………. Absolutely killed it, perfect EVERYTHING.” – Sensible J
We seem to forget
The dark days of history yeah
Time will manifest
The endless possibility yeah
Open your eyes to see
The world is darker than it seems
So we dreaming on
Enough with the crazy, crazy talk