Making a return, Jamilah Barry comes with a different sounds alongside her usual pairing with Midnight Phunk a change of pace was something she was gearing up to and the quality in her voice doesn’t fade as Sunblock gives calmly paced tones and effortless rifts to trippy echoing vocals, to just show you all the amazing things this artist can do with her voice.
Talking about the different turn she says:
It’s so different to anything I’ve ever done before yet comes from exactly the same place. I wrote this record last year off of the back of incidents where I felt invalidated and this is something Black women constantly go through. Having our experiences, lives and feelings invalidated by white people. Being spoken over or ridiculed for being upset.
Being shut down.
Being labelled as “angry”.
Having to endure debate with those who have the audacity to negate our knowledge and believe their opinions hold the same – if not MORE – weight than literal facts about our lived experiences, when they have never complexly thought about racism, nor will ever know what it feels like.
SUNBLOCK is also a reminder to Black women that despite this misfortune no one will ever take away our magic.
As mentioned in the record, “we are designed to progress without their insight.”
We pertain what everybody wants to embody/adopt yet never will.
We are the sauce.
The whole damn meal.
We are the sun.
And they’re “never blocking out our sunlight.”