One of today’s top artists from across the pond, Stormzy returned with his third album This Is What I Mean.
The follow-up to 2019’s Heavy Is The Head, this is perhaps the most vulnerable body of work from Stormzy to date as he opens up on his regret, frailties, healing, joy, and triumph throughout.
“When you hear about music camps they always sound intense and somber,” says Stormzy. “People saying, ‘We need to make an album. We need to make some hit records.’ But this felt beautifully free. We’re all musicians but we weren’t always doing music. Some days we played football or walked around taking pictures. And the bi-product to that was very beautiful music. Because when you marry that ethos with world class musicians and the best producers, writers and artists in the world, and we’re in one space, that’s a recipe for something that no one can really imagine. You can’t even calculate what that’s going to come up with. And it came up with a big chunk of this album.”