Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé returned on Friday (Nov. 3) with the brand new EP, Kingdom Coming. The opening song finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with buzzing Harlem rapper Dave East on the reflective “Soon.”
Over a emotive track with thumping percussion produced by Troy Lynch & Gavin Powell, the singer delivers a stirring story of a broken family, as she raises her children while their father is locked up. Putting a letter in song form, Sandé describes the emotional stress of staying in regular communication during daily struggles.
“Sometimes I daydream that I’m at home cookin’, you come through the door and say, ‘hey there, good-lookin’ / I miss how you touch me, I miss how you love me / And look how they robbed me, I hate how they robbed me,” she sings.
Dave East plays the inmate father, who responds with a lyrical verse of his own. “This life come at you fast so buckle up don’t crash / Plastic bags packed them after class / Just thinking bachelor pads / Emotionally rich physically broke,” he raps.
Kingdom Coming serves as the singer’s first project since 2016’s Long Live the Angels. Speaking about the EP, Emeli had the following to say: “I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this body of work with you! Fronted by a beautiful photo of me and big paps in 1992, it was made in complete freedom and pure passion. I invited some genius friends of mine to join me in the countryside to express themselves with no restrictions, and it’s been an honour to work with three of the world’s greatest in Giggs, Wretch 32 and Dave East. It was an intense week but an absolute dream! New sounds, new stories and a WHOLE LOT of heart! We pushed ourselves hard to reach new levels and I’m so proud of what we have created. I really hope you will enjoy the new sound exploration of this EP and that the lyrics will speak to you on a deep level.”
Stream the full EP below: