Singer-songwriter Hamzaa is continuing to turn heads and drop jaws with her incisive songwriting and powerful vocal delivery. "You" and "Breathing" (the sequel to which featured Wretch 32 and Ghetts on top form) should have already converted you to fully-fledged fans, but if that's not the case then "Red" will most likely be the one to seal it.
To call this one "unflinching" would be a huge understatement. Hamzaa described the story behind the track as being "my most vulnerable moment in life shared with the world, so others can see that there is a way out." Her voice sounds as pained as ever as she sings of her lowest moments and the fragility of her mental health, backed by poignant and melancholy piano keys. The video echoes the feelings of isolation explored in the lyrics with images of various figures surrounded by an apparent nothingness, at least until a little hope emerges at the end.
"Red" is taken from the First Signs Of Me project, released at the turn of the new year via Parlophone.