Listen Up: Stormzy Drops New Single “Hide & Seek”

Hide & Seek is an intriguing choice for the lead single off Stormzy’s upcoming record This Is What I Mean.

For his debut album, the rapper picked Big For Your Boots as the first track out the gate — a song on which he made a thinly veiled threat to punt someone in the gob with his size-12 shoes — and for the follow-up, Heavy is the Head, it was Vossi Bop, in which he famously implored listeners to f*** both the government and Boris.

This latest release, though, has nothing of the sort, with fiery proclamations replaced by introspective musings on how to reignite the dying embers of a relationship.

The track is produced beautifully — gentle keys layered over a less-is-more palette of percussion — with some smartly curated contributions from rising Nigerian star Oxlade, as well as vocalists Ayanna and Teni.

What Hide and Seek does suggest, however, is that Stormzy isn’t afraid to mix things up.

Stream Hide & Seek below.

Watch the official video below.

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