Skin by Joy Crookes

It’s been 10 years since the incredible talent that was Amy Winehouse departed this Earth but, finally, in Joy Crookes we may have found her spiritual successor. 

Skin is the Bangladeshi-Irish singer’s debut and it’s one of the finest collections of songs that we’ve heard all year. 

Joy was supposed to be out supporting Harry Styles but then the pandemic came along and she got a lot of time to work on her album, instead. 

This is a blend of R&B, soul, pop and more all set to a backdrop of what it means to be Joy emerging into the 2020s world around her.

Her touching homage to London, on 19th Floor, tells you where she considers her home to be; “Strip the life out of these streets/It’s a daylight robbery/You’ll never take the London out of me”.

We hear a little about her love life on Wild Jasmine and she goes reggae on the utterly danceable, Trouble too! 

All told this is a confident and compelling collection driven by smart, witty lyricism and heavy musical talent. Don’t miss out. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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