Label: Warner Music
Released: 18th June 2021
British pop up-and-comer Griff is about as fresh as it gets with her first mixtape release, ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’. Contrary to what the title might suggest, these seven tracks are far from baby steps toward Griff finding her groove and are, in fact, giant leaps firmly into the pop domain. A collection of well-rounded, effortlessly produced, and masterfully vocalised songs, this mixtape is screaming with confidence and cool.
While rarely straying too far from the catchy, club-ready standard, Griff still manages to pour true feeling into her tracks. ‘Dreams’ and ‘One Foot In Front of the Other’ are testaments to her willingness to show insecurities while wrapping them up with cool, confident lyrics that she belts out with a crystalline tone.
On ‘Earl Grey’, we hear the pop production stripped-back, with Griff showcasing her impassioned voice and personal lyrics, “You said you’re scared of getting cancer, so you drink Earl Grey tea ’cause you heard that’s the answer.” This lyrical intimacy and personal significance is what sets Griff apart.
It’s no question whether we’ll find ourselves dancing to ‘Black Hole’ or ‘Walk’ until Griff’s next release comes to knock our socks off again as Griff is set to bring us one bop after the other.