British R&B singer Jorja Smith has dropped a soulful new single, “Gone,” ahead of the May release of her next EP.
“This one is just me asking why people have to be taken from us,” Smith said of the introspective track in a statement. The Londoner reflects on lost lives and grieves for souls now unreachable over crisp beats and ghostly keys. “Tell me what to do when the ones you love have gone missing,” she croons, later narrating tragedy and death: “You were on the inside looking out / Went and took a life now you can’t get back home / Moms stays crying for the both of them.”
Smith has also announced her upcoming EP Be Right Back, which is slated for release on May 14. The eight-track release will be her first project since her 2018 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Lost & Found. “Gone” and last month’s single “Addicted” will open the tracklist, which will also feature a guest appearance from South London MC Shaybo.
Recently, Smith appeared alongside Brent Faiyaz on the new Sonder single, “Nobody But You.” Last year, she also collaborated with Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan on “Come Over.”
Listen to “Gone” here: