Bristol-based hip-hop artist ThisisDA releases his new single ‘Control, Shift’ which comes after the huge success of his first two EPs, ‘Based off Black’and ’21 And Done’ that saw him favourited by the likes of i-D, MOBO Awards Group and NTS Radio.
‘Control, Shift’ touches on police brutality, introspection and the human experience as a whole. ThisisDA showcases his captivating lyricism against masterful jazzy production by friend and producer Jakuta. The track begins with a vintage sounding guitar and smooth clarinet sound before ThisisDA enters with his effortless flow, “young man I’m on these words for real, pressure really got me, stuck I emerge and peel”. The track has three guests on it who all add their own intricate touches. The complexities of the clarinet sound, played by Luke Eira - a busker ThisisDA discovered in Bristol - adds a beautifully textured layer to the song, Fenne Lily harmoniously doubles up on the vocals in the 2nd chorus, whilst seventeen year old Gaidaa, who ThisisDA explains “can sing from the soul like no other”, demonstrates her inherent soul on the outro melody.