Solange Knowles Previews ‘Losing You’ Single

By Jocelyn Vena

Solange Knowles hasn’t released new music since her 2008 album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, but Bey’s little sister is getting ready for her return to the game.

On Thursday (September 20), Solange dropped an audio and visual teaser for her next single, “Losing You.” The clip features the song’s world-music-influenced beat and audio samples certainly pay homage to Solange’s love of subversive, hipster and indie counterculture. It was written by Solange and Dev Hynes (Florence and the Machine and The Chemical Brothers), who also produced it under the moniker Blood Orange.

The video follows suit, as it follows a group house partiers in world-influenced clothes, playing a lighthearted game of suck and blow. When it comes to Solange, instead of partaking, she takes the piece of paper from a fellow reveler’s mouth and kisses him.

She dropped the teaser on her website and shared that it is officially set for release on October 2. For the clip, she worked with New York-based visual artist Mickalene Thomas.

“Was so honored to shoot this piece in the astounding works of the brilliant artist @MICKALENETHOMAS .Ive been inspired by her work for ages,” she tweeted. “After using her work as a reference for so long, I decided to go out on a limb and ask @mickalenethomas to be apart of the project. I was so honored & beyond myself when @mickalenethomas let us shoot the piece in one of her brilliant installations.”

Solange shot the video in South Africa and, speaking to the Sunday Times, she opened up about the video, noting that it would be filmed like a “stylized documentary,” adding, “So the locations for my video will largely be inspired by the color in the architecture and townships around here. We’ll just take a camera and see what happens.”

That description certainly matches the one she used to describe her new batch of music — “eclectic with ’80s references and African percussion influences.”