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The Internet’s Syd: ‘I’m the only person like me that I know’

Syd Bennett is the new darling of escapist, sensual soul. Here she explains why singing doesn’t make her a ‘singer’ – and why being gay doesn’t make her part of a ‘community’

The past 10 years of pop have been shaped by Los Angeles-based rap group Odd Future, whose alumni include game-changing artists Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator. Here was a collective with DIY aesthetics and production, incendiary lyrics and an overriding sense that they really didn’t care. They brought an air of vitality to the scene, though now their status remains unclear: some members have distanced themselves from the group, but there has been no official break-up.

I’m sitting with Syd Bennett, the lone Odd Future woman, who used to DJ for the crew, in a west London hotel. It’s the day before her current band, the Internet, play a sold-out show at Brixton Academy. Formerly known as Syd tha Kyd, she is now called, simply, Syd, the silky-toned singer for the soothing, Grammy-nominated soul act (whose lineup includes fellow ex-Odd Future member Matt Martians), and also an acclaimed solo artist. Her debut album, 2017’s Fin, was lauded as one of the best R&B sets of that year (the Guardian described it as “astonishingly accomplished”).

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Source: The Guardian – The Internet’s Syd: ‘I’m the only person like me that I know’

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