Shamir completely dominated at SXSW last week. His effortless diva energy surges through the crowd regardless of stage size, venue or hour of the day, and after debuting plenty of new material at the festival he’s given us an official new recording. “Call It Off” is a jumpy self-empowerment anthem that celebrates dumping someone with the glee usually reserved for new love. Shamir employs terms like “basic,” “ratchet” and “thot” with just enough savvy to make you feel like he’s winking at you while he sings them — but he seriously wants you to dump that shitty dude. Part self-talk and part advice, “Call It Off” is further proof that Shamir is ready for full-blown star status. Listen below.
Ratchet is out 5/19 via XL Recordings.