The soul-pop singer hailing from London has announced her debut studio album. Simply titled ‘Skin’, it will be released on Friday, October 15 on all music streaming platforms, as well as on vinyl, CD and cassette. Crookes revealed the name and cover art of her upcoming album along with the release date on a YouTube Community post yesterday.

“This is the proudest work I have made to date. It is an auto biographical body of work, the album consists of songs I wrote when I was 15 up until 22. This is an album about my identity. I was fortunate enough to make this first album with the exceptionally talented producer Blue May. [….] I sat across the whole production process and I’m

proud to say I’ve been credited with Blue as a co executive producer. This means the world to me as I have always been a part of every process of my music and it feels very special to be recognised for it.”

“The word skin massively resonates with me as biologically it is one of the strongest parts of our bodies, however socially and externally it is often used against us. This juxtaposition is grappled with throughout the album; lyrically my album is effectively a collection of stories that I cannot wait for you to hear.”

Joy Elizabeth Akther Crookes hails from South London and is born of her Irish father and Bangladeshi mother. The outspoken singer incorporates various themes into her music including relationships, feminism and her South Asian identity, while calling out racism, colourism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia and gentrification.

The 22-year old first came to attention when her music video for “Don’t Let Me Down (Demo)” went viral. Crookes has previously released three short-length EPs: ‘Influence’ (2017), ‘Reminiscence’ (2019) and ‘Perception’ (2019).

The artist has credited various artists for influencing her music and style including Kate Nash, Black Uhuru, Marvin Gaye, The Pogues, Sinéad O’Connor, Laura Marling and Gregory Isaacs as well as Pakistani music.

Crookes has already released two singles from the upcoming album: “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” and the titular track called “Skin” are now available on music streaming sites.

The album ‘Skin’ releases on October 15, 2021.

Listen to her newest track called “Skin” here:

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