South East Londoner Laolu is back with "All In Me", the atmospheric lead track from her upcoming EP of the same name.
Laolu - who's worked with the likes of Katy B and Little Simz - has returned to music after almost three years out battling with depression. Her return is a hypnotic, synth and string-led opus that draws from these experiences and faces them head on, and although it's come from a difficult place, it's a vital offering - and not just for Laolu herself.
"It is based on a conversation I would have with depression if it were a person," explains Laolu. "Realising that I cannot give power to it and expect myself to move forward, it’s a conversation I have with myself also to try and let go, and be free of all the darkness. Writing this song was one of the hardest things I have had to do, but it was also really cathartic for me."
"My hardest years with depression were these last couple of years, and I stopped making music completely," Laolu continues. "I had days when you want to end your life but you’re not strong enough to do so, then you beat yourself up about not committing suicide - it’s very dark and can be the loneliest thing to go through. I lost friends, and became distant with my family. I would often stay home, and just allow myself to let the darkness from depression engulf me."