Loyle Carner (Mercury & BRIT nominee, NME award winner) returns with his first single and video of 2020, ‘Yesterday’, out now on EMI Records.
Carner is often praised for the perfect matching of music to lyrics and is known for his love of golden age Hip-Hop. On ‘Yesterday’ worlds collide as arguably one of the greatest producer of our time, Madlib, has provided the beats that sit under Loyle’s inimitable flow and uncompromising verses. The track has also been premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and named her ‘Hottest Record’.
In 2019 Loyle Carner released his sophomore album Not Waving, But Drowning to huge critical and commercial acclaim; the album charted at #3 in the UK Charts and he sold out Alexandra Palace in eight minutes.
Listen to ‘Yesterday’ by Loyle Carner on the Official Premier League Music playlist on Spotify.
This follows the wild acclaim of his debut album Yesterday’s Gone which saw Loyle nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Male’ gongs at the BRIT Awards alongside a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album.
Loyle has always cut an impressively idiosyncratic figure within the UK rap and hip-hop scenes, offering up intimate, introspective vignettes about his day-to-day life. However, on ‘Yesterday’ we’re hearing and seeing the boy become a man, and as he grows to understand the world around him, he learns to speak out against political and social discrimination.
On the single, Loyle said, “It’s no secret Madlib is my musical hero. I wrote this almost two years ago, but at first had trouble with clearing the sample and thought it would never see the light of day.
“It’s really just about what it is to be black and white, in a world where you pretty much have to be one or the other. It hurts the way I felt about my race back then is the same way I feel now. Nothings changed since my last entry, nothings changed since the last century.
“I hope that soon this song is nothing more than a reminder of a different time, and collectively we’re able to move forward to a time of more respect, acceptance and understanding.”