Wicked City is the second EP from London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) and will be released via Warp on 5 June. Today, they share the second single ‘The City’, an intimately spoken song of fragility that descends, in true Jockstrap style, into a hard-hitting, industrial beat and perverted fantasy narrative. ‘The City’ follows lead single ‘Acid’, with both tracks featuring on their debut EP for the label on 12” vinyl and digital formats.
Jockstrap defy convention on Wicked City; an epic of an EP, flung into the world to respond to their debut Love is the key to the City. Speaking about the EP, Ellery said: “Wicked City is a response to Love is the key to the City: the two present a dichotomy in both understanding and feeling. The songs on Wicked City are presented in chronological order, with ‘Robert’ written in the summer of 2018 and ‘City Hell’ in summer 2019. The EP was finished in January 2020.”
Ellery continues, “The heavy autobiographical narrative of Wicked City is married to an expressive and limitless sound world; influenced by everything we [Georgia and Taylor] have ever musically absorbed and moulded with a ‘fuck it’ attitude. Particular musical features of this record include classical composition, through-composed songwriting and the heavy influence of dubstep. There are multiple narratives to Wicked City: sanity to madness; realism to surrealism and innocence to experience. But when it comes down to it, it’s a breakup/breakdown record that presents how I dealt with losing what I had when I wrote ‘love is the key’.”
Listen to ‘The City’ – BELOW:
News of their new music has received a warm reception; a Pitchfork Rising artist spot and The Observer’s One to watch adds to interviews and track of the week accolades from the likes of Dazed, London In Stereo, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, Quietus, Loud & Quiet, The FACE. Not to mention radio support from Annie Mac (Radio 1), Matt Wilkinson (Beats1), John Kennedy (Radio X), Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny, Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6Music) and 6 Music B-list playlisting for ‘Acid’.
Ellery has starred in Cornish film BAIT (which went on to win a BIFA award and won Outstanding Debut at the BAFTAs) and – alongside Cornish-Welsh artist Gwenno – performed the film’s score live on 17 Jan at the BFI. Skye, on the other hand, has developed his own much-lauded solo project and remixed the sublime new album from Injury Reserve (who Jockstrap toured within the U.K. last year) in its entirety. Ellery has also collaborated with Underworld on their ongoing experimental project, DRIFT. Both Ellery and Skye wrote and performed on Dean Blunt’s 2018 Soul On Fire mixtape (also featuring A$AP Rocky & Mica Levi) Jockstrap were also asked to collaborate and perform in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express’ sold-out one-off show in Walthamstow last year.
Jockstrap – Wicked City – out 05/06/2020 on Warp
3. Yellow In Green
4. The City
5. City Hell