Mercury Prize-winning rapper, Dave, is back with his first new music of the year. The new single, ‘Starlight’, includes a sample of ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ by Frank Sinatra.
‘Starlight’ is out today via Neighbourhood Recordings/Virgin Music Australia. It’s accompanied by a new music video directed by Dave (aka Santan) and Nathan Tettey. Dave also produced ‘Starlight’.
Dave released his second album, We’re All Alone In This Together, in July 2021. The album went to number one in the UK and number three in Australia, in addition to being triple j Feature Album. Dave recently enjoyed his Hottest 100 debut, with the We’re All Alone In This Together single, ‘Clash’ (featuring Stormzy), coming in at #79 in this year’s countdown.
The London artist’s debut album, Psychodrama, came out in 2019, when Dave was just 20 years old. Psychodrama won the 2019 Mercury Music Prize and the 2020 Brit Award for Album of the Year. Dave collected the award for Best Hip-hop/Grime/Rap Act at the 2022 Brit Awards.
‘Starlight’ is in many ways a reflection on—and ode to—Dave’s prevailing success. “It’s hard to hate on the truth I’m livin’,” goes the chorus. “Industry, respected highly, in the street, protected.” But, in typical Dave style, the song’s not without its stark observations on societal imbalance.
Listen to ‘Starlight’ below.