Mykki Blanco has released a video for their new single “Free Ride,” which was co-produced by FaltyDL and Hudson Mohawke.
In the clip, directed by Hannah Rosselin, Blanco portrays an excited parent who throws an over-the-top christening for their baby. Family and friends gather at a parking lot for a barbeque before they head indoors to witness the ceremony. It all ends in a dance party scene with lots of cake involved. “What I wouldn’t do for love / What I wouldn’t give for love,” goes the chorus.
Blanco said that the song drew inspiration from Luther Vandross’s music and memories of the rapper/performer’s mother. “Some of the most intimate moments and conversations I have ever shared were with my mother on long drives in the Southern countryside when I was a teenager,” they said in a statement.
“The music that soundtracked these memories on our daily journey’s was the stuff of my mother’s generation. I would find myself daydreaming, reflecting and envisioning the kind of life I would like to create for myself.”
“Free Ride” is Blanco’s first release on London-based label Transgressive Records, and their first in a while. They had previously collaborated with FaltyDL and Devendra Banhart for “You Will Find it.” Blanco’s most recent album was 2016’s Mykki.
Watch the video for “Free Ride” below: