New Music Friday: Pip Millett – Running (New Single)
One of the UK’s most enigmatic, breakout voices in R&B, Manchester-born Pip Millett follows on from her critically-acclaimed second EP Lost In June with her first new material of the year – the huge, emotive single “Running” featuring her first feature, very fittingly, with UK rap royalty Ghetts.
A marker of her reputation in the scene right now, the rare co-sign from one of the most respected names in UK rap underlines the quiet influence the Manchester star is accumulating in only her third year in the scene. Pip says of the single, “Running is about the tiresome reality of being black/a POC in an unequal white western world.”
Emerging with a delicate choral instrumental from producer Joice, the sample works as a stark backdrop for Pip to glide over, the purity of her vocal talent contrasted only by its visceral content – “I know what it feels like to be down, down, down/ Black and free, I don’t think that’s a thing, no.”
The track swirls as a verbal tour de force even before Ghetts comes in with perhaps one of the most poignant guest verses of his career, an amazing character flip and enigmatic display of power and vulnerability.
“Even after what I’ve accomplished/nobody said they’d be kind”.
With a remarkable COLORS Berlin performance of her debut release “Make Me Cry” (over 4.2M views and counting) establishing Pip as a unique new talent, she released her debut EP Do Well at the end of June last year alongside a feature-length visual directed by KC Locke (Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Mahalia) who reached out after hearing her music.
Making increasing waves ever since with the likes of THE FADER, PIGEONS &
PLANES, i-D, LOVE and GRAZIA all proclaiming a potent new force, Pip blend of pure vocal talent and natural emotional connect continues to define her as one of the UK’s most exciting new voices. With a sold-out national tour confirmed for this year and an extra London date just added due to demand, the 23 year-old is doing things on her own terms, and making it look easy.
Check out the video below more of her work here.