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Listen: Nilüfer Yanya Signs to Ninja Tune and Shares ‘Like I Say (I runaway)’

Nilüfer Yanya has returned with her first single and music video in two years – ‘Like I Say (I runaway)’.

Back in 2022, Nilüfer Yanya released her highly acclaimed album ‘PAINLESS’, an album that provoked remixes from the likes of King Krule and Sampha alongside widespread praise. ‘Like I Say (I runaway)’ marks Yanya’s first release since that time, taking the sound we’ve become so acquainted with a step further and leaning into new territories, bringing with it the news of her signing to Ninja Tune.

Written with her longtime creative collaborator Wilma Archer (Sudan Archives, MF DOOM, Celeste), ‘Like I Say (I runaway)’ is underlined by a bobbing riff and bassline and welcomes the familiar distorted grunge of the alternative 90s. The track’s music video was directed by Yanya’s sister Molly Daniel, placing her in the role of a runaway bride whilst she muses on the inherent and unique value of time.

Yanya expands, “It’s about how you choose to spend your time. Time is like a currency, every moment. You’re never going to get it back. It’s quite an overwhelming thing to realise.”

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