It's hard enough to generate curiosity and interest for one project – serpentwithfeet has made a career out of being an enigma and keeping listeners on their toes. His latest single is no different: “Damn Gloves” moves like the nightclub anthem it is, with its rhythm deep felt and swelling with each passing minute. Guests Ty Dolla $ign and Yanga YaYa bring their own flavors to the track, with Ty contributing his signature melodic flare and Yanga YaYa bringing his South African style and language to his verse. For all the appropriate adjectives to describe the track, its music video far better accomplishes this task. Directed by Micaiah Carter, the visual is as intense as it is intimate, illustrating the world and themes serpent looks to explore on his upcoming album, GRIP. Scheduled for release on February 16, GRIP is said to be the beginning of a new era for the Baltimore-raised artist, one sure to tranfix listeners just as we’ve come to expect from serpentwithfeet.
A steadfast collaborator who’s worked with the likes of Daniel Caesar, Sampha, Bjork, and Virgil Abloh, serpentwithfeet’s talent’s become apparent in his solo work. His last LP, Deacon, arrived as a voice missing from the R&B scene, and one that has been sorely missed in his absence. This isn’t to say he’s been totally missing in action: serpent is currently enjoying a theatrical run of his critically-acclaimed Heart of Brick show, a dance theater production that chronicles the love story within a Black gay club and features music from the upcoming GRIP.