Photography: Samantha Mallari @bamitssam
Squid clearly aims to curate music to be relatable and draws on concepts in everyday life, bringing it into the spotlight.
Hampton Park local Squid The Kid has released his second single of 2021, a soulful R&B tune titled ‘Drunk Thoughts’.
‘Drunk Thoughts’ is the 4th single released by the up and coming artist whose debut co-headlining performance ‘Ivy Music Group presents: Squid The Kid X Jay Kira’ at Laundry Bar was a sell-out. “His flow is unparalleled and we’re certain that he’s headed for greatness,” says Emily Elvish from Happy Mag.
Squid has been around music his entire life singing karaoke every weekend at family gatherings, but it was at age 11 that Squid really fell into music. He was at his sister’s piano lesson when she was too shy to complete the lesson. Squid offered to take her place and the rest was history.
While he went to pursue a career in nursing, his unit coordinator at university noticed his passions may have lay elsewhere. After a phone call home and a scheduled meeting, Squid decided to take the leap of faith to pursue music and now 4 singles into his career we have the release of ‘Drunk Thoughts’.
Reminiscent of tracks from Anderson .Paak and Mac Miller, artists he cites as influences, ‘Drunk Thoughts’ is an honest account of what people feel after a night out. “There is a saying that ‘a drunk mind speaks a sober heart’, I wanted to expand on it and bring it to life,” says Squid.
Clearly being a Squid track, this release is stylised in a new fashion, contrasting with the rest of his discography. While showing variety, this creative choice also demonstrates his calibre as an artist in being able to explore different songwriting techniques.
The track has a groovy bass and strings that really set the tone for the song as well as a passionate guitar solo that matches the vibe that Squid gives off on the track. In typical Squid fashion, the lyricism is full of funky narratives and storytelling.
Squid aims to curate music that can be relatable and draws on concepts in everyday life, bringing it into the spotlight
We also hear fellow Ivy Music Group member Marcus Kech as Strangelove on a cameo at the outro of the “raunchy record” as he calls it. “A song like that should be enough for you all out there to keep the love and make love,” says Marcus. The intra-label collaborations are excellent to see and it would be fantastic to hear more of this in future.
Make sure to keep an eye on Squid as he showcases his versatility as an artist and continues to drop hits upon hits on his path to stardom.
‘Drunk Thoughts’ is available everywhere now.