premiere: melo-x and little simz set their eyes on the skies for ‘fffs’

New York’s resident Renaissance man teams up with the UK’s brightest young up-and-comer for a track that’s out of this world -- literally.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
01 September 2015, 3:25pm

Whether scoring Beyoncé and Jay-Z's On the Run tour or collaborating with Awol Erizku for a sound performance at the MoMA, everything MeLo-X touches turns to flames. Although the multimedia artist is New York based, the multi-hyphenate millennial has set his sights far beyond the five boroughs. So it's no surprised that he enlisted i-D's favorite North London spitter Little Simz for a stargazing new track, FFFS.

The second release off his forthcoming EP Curate, which is slated for release in September, the track "was inspired by a session me and Simz had in NYC earlier this year," MeLo-X told i-D. "We were watching the Red Bull video where the guy skydives from space, so our verses were inspired by looking at the world from that perspective. Simz starts her verse with 'Tumbling tumbling down listen / are you hearing me now' and mine starts with 'The planet looks so small from here / no signs of war from here.'"

Although FFFS finds its origins in skydiving, the track is anything but a flimsy freefall. Tight lyrical punches and soaring production efforts make for a stratospheric banger that belongs on Neil Degrasse Tyson's turn up playlist. And fortunately for us, FFFS doesn't seem to be a one-off partnership between the boundary-pushing pair: "Me and Simz collaborate all the time. I love having that UK presence in my music. Simz is the greatest MC out there right now." We'd have to agree!


Text Emily Manning
Image courtesy Visuals by Pierre

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