Slave ft. Twin Shadow

by Duval Timothy

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about

The song explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The idea that we live in a world that not only feels the effect of this horrific history but one that takes elements from the slave system and implements them in different ways adapted to our contemporary life.

I created the stop motion video for Slave with Max Valizadeh. In the video, we actually personify the audio file as a loveable character which is born into the world through artistic creation but quickly finds itself enslaved and exploited by manipulative music industry agents.

Many artists have famously spoken out about the importance of owning their masters and have also equated elements of the music industry to slavery such as Prince and Nipsey Hu$$le. These artists are depicted on the peak of the mountain in the end sequence of the video, which I climb to join them. The story is an adaptation of my own experience in the music industry. In 2019 I bought back my own masters, which was my mountain to climb.

lyrics

Slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave…

…they don’t have to call you um… the ’N’ word to be racist, you know, or to… it’s a much deeper conversation right, like everybody should own their masters. If major labels want to do deals with artists to… to partner with them, great, partner with me but don’t own… me, you’re not… you know, trust me that, you know those contracts they… you know they tell you that they want to own the master and then every copy thereof is a slave…

Slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave, slave…

credits

released June 25, 2020
Music written and performed by Duval Timothy
Vocals performed by Ibiye Camp
Guitar by Twin Shadow

Produced and mixed by Duval Timothy and Rodaidh McDonald

Engineers, Michael Harris and Chris Cerullo

Mastering and cutting by Noel Summerville

Published by Decca Publishing, a division of Decca Music Group Ltd., George Lewis Jr. (SESAC) / Zapata Zabala C/O BMG Rights Management LLC (SESAC)

P&C 2020 The Vinyl Factory under exclusive license from Carrying Colour

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Duval Timothy England, UK

Duval is a multi-disciplinary artist from South London.

Duval currently works and lives between London, UK and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In 2017 Duval created 'Carrying Colour', a clothing & lifestyle brand and record label through which he releases his own music & merch.

Carrying Colour studios in Freetown provides a recording space for Duval, collaborators and local artists in Sierra Leone.
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