Duval Timothy releases new single & video featuring Twin Shadow


The track is called “Slave” and acts a poignant reminder of the history of the transatlantic slave trade of which Duval Timothy now correlates and compares to the present workings of the music industry in which Black artists are exploited and used for financial gain without equal consideration and respect. 

Duval Timothy describes the release as follows: 

“The song explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The idea that we live in a world that not only feels the effect of this horrific history but one that takes elements from the slave system and implements them in different ways adapted to our contemporary life.

I created the stop motion video for Slave with Max Valizadeh. In the video, we actually personify the audio file as a loveable character which is born into the world through artistic creation but quickly finds itself enslaved and exploited by manipulative music industry agents.

Many artists have famously spoken out about the importance of owning their masters and have also equated elements of the music industry to slavery such as Prince and Nipsey Hu$$le. These artists are depicted on the peak of the mountain in the end sequence of the video, which I climb to join them. The story is an adaptation of my own experience in the music industry. In 2019 I bought back my own masters, which was my mountain to climb.”

Watch the video below: 

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