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Little Simz Big Talent

Little Simz’ ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’ is destined to grace most Best Albums of 2021 lists and she’ll be banging out songs from it when she plays Newcastle in November.

‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ is Little Simz’ fourth album, but it was her third – the scorching ‘Grey Area’ – which really sent people’s collective cultural antennas a-twanging. It won Best Album at the both the Ivor Novello and NME Awards (and, to my mind, it should also have taken the Mercury Prize where it was nominated). Her new album has, if anything, widened her scope with tracks such as ‘Introvert’ adding huge orchestral flourishes to her sonic palette, along with choral flourishes and tumbling beats. Elsewhere she deploys grime and trappy beats and her flow remains languid yet commanding. Legendary figures such as Kendrick Lamar (who has said of her, “she might be the illest doing it right now”) and Lauren Hill have long been on board with Little Simz and now it seems the rest of the world is beginning to catch up. JL

Little Simz, Saturday 27 November, O2 Academy, Newcastle, 7pm, from £20.95.