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Earl Sweatshirt announces new project ‘SICK!’

The new project is out in January with lead single ‘Tabula Rasa’ featuring Armand Hammer out now

  • Words: Becky Buckle | Photo: Ryosuke Tanzawa
  • 13 December 2021
Earl Sweatshirt announces new project ‘SICK!’

Earl Sweatshirt has released new single ‘Tabula Rasa’ alongside the news of a 10-track project named ‘SICK!’ to follow on January 14, coming via Tan Cressida / Warner Records.

Earl Sweatshirt says the project was recorded “in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic”, explaining that: “Before the virus I had been working on an album I named after a book I used to read with my mother ('The People Could Fly'). Once the lockdowns hit, people couldn't fly anymore. A wise man said art imitates life.

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“People were sick. The People were angry and isolated and restless. I leaned into the chaos cause it was apparent that it wasn't going anywhere. these songs are what happened when I would come up for air.

“Peace and love to Zelooperz the enigma, The Armand Hammer, and my good friends Alchemist and Black Noi$e. Peace and love to u."

After releasing the track ‘2010’ only a few weeks ago, this new single featuring rap duo Armand Hammer has a looped soul sample and runs nearly five minutes in length.

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The music video of ‘Tabula Rasa’ is a Josh-directed clip recorded as a one-shot take showing Earl in the studio with the track's producer, Alchemist, and Boldy James performing the final verse.

Pre-order ‘SICK!’ here and watch the ‘Tabula Rasa’ music video below.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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