Joy Crookes Brings Us Closer To Debut Album With "When You Were Mine"

Joy Crookes Brings Us Closer To Debut Album With "When You Were Mine"

August 26, 2021

After dropping a string of critically celebrated singles, Joy Crookes announced at the top of this month that her debut album, Skin, was officially on the way, sweetening the deal with the release of the title track.

Now she's back with the next single from the album, "When You Were Mine", a slightly more upbeat cut with a nostalgic feel that has an air of Amy Winehouse to it. There's still plenty of heartbreak coursing through its veins and for added detail she sets her story in the Brixton of her youth.

On the making of the track, she writes: "'When You Were Mine' is a song I wrote about an ex-partner that ended up being with a man after we broke up. It's a song about accepting their love, but wishing the same for myself. I wrote it with the backdrop of Brixton because that is where their love unfolded and where I spent a lot of my childhood. We recorded a brass section (it was my first time recording brass and excited was an understatement); we wanted it to sound messy so Japanese whiskey was involved and listening to lots of Ebo Taylor."

Skin drops October 15 and you can pre-order it here.

Words: James Keith
Photography: Lucy Hickling