JayWood – the moniker of Winnipeg musician and songwriter Jeremy Haywood-Smith – unveils a new single/video, “Shine,” from his forthcoming album, Slingshot, out July 15th on Captured Tracks.
“Shine” features McKinley Dixon. It’s possibly the darkest moment on the album, written the night George Floyd was murdered.
“I don’t think I’ve ever really felt activated or militant as much as I did the summer of 2020,” says Haywood-Smith. “It was an exhausting time but I wanted to try to do something to commentate on everything that was happening. As soon as the idea came to make a hip-hop song I knew I had to get McKinley on it. The way he writes is so wild, I felt inspired to do something on that level as well.”
Over percussive instrumentation and gentle strumming, Jaywood encourages: “in the end just let my people shine.”
The accompanying video intertwines footage of Haywood-Smith and scenes from protests in 2020.
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