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Pitchfork may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The songs on No Thank You contain subtle rhythms with orchestral instrumentation, featuring Simz rapping about her music industry experiences, intrapersonal communication, and spiritual revelations.

The albums of the year 2022: our critic's choice from Kendrick Lamar and Little Simz to Weyes Blood and Gwenno".Track three, "Silhouette", contains gospel influences, and James Keith of Complex Networks also noted strong gospel elements running throughout the whole album. Freshly reissued on vinyl for 2023 by Forever Living Originals, NO THANK YOU provides plenty of paths forward for this distinct voice.

Dylan Green of Pitchfork noted how "fully relaxed" Simz sounds on track two, "Gorilla", which samples a Jurassic 5 bassline.Cleo Sol is a featured vocalist on the album, adding a " soulful energy" to contrast Simz's "assertive" rapping. All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Green highlights the "triumphant" and "victorious mood" of the song, accentuated by its bass plunks, drums, and horns, adding how "Gorilla" is "a retort against rap game bullshit".

These musical touches were compared to works from David Axelrod and Charles Stepney, though "without ever seeming like straightforward homage.Sleek, succinct and utterly propulsive, it’s Simz’ defiantly punk rock, two fingered salute to conformity and fame, and all the expectations and restrictions that come with. On the minimalist album opener, "Angel", Simz analyses her rise to stardom with a " Prince-style pun" on master ownership. Sleek and punky in its musical disposition, it sees Simbi engage with spirituality as well as her experiences in the music industry on a compound of hip-hop, gospel, soul, funk and electronica. Although it came out digitally at the end of last year, the physical release was this year - and that’s what we’re here to celebrate as we couldn’t let her 4th full-length offering go without proper acknowledgement.

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