Queen Colobus continue to make a name for themselves within the UK’s vibrant jazz scene with the release of their woozy new single ‘5/9’, out today.
Combining neo-soul, jazz and indie-rock sensibilities, Queen Colobus create genre-bending soundscapes that are brimming with honesty, polished production and pure vibes. The single was written as a powerfully poignant ode to front woman Beth Hopkins’ Dad. Both personal and raw, Beth’s lyrics were born out of the relentless positivity her Dad had whilst battling aggressive cancer. “The phrase ‘five out of nine’ was sort of like a response to ‘how do you feel out of ten?’ He’d always say fine, onwards and upwards! He kept this up all the way until the end.” Beth explains, “the phrase ‘5/9’ felt strange and warped, exactly how the nights felt throughout his treatment.”
‘5/9’ is taken from Queen Colobus’ upcoming EP Think Fast, due for release on September 30. The EP tackles many of the things society struggles to talk about in public, such as the pressures put on women from the diet industry and the struggles of dealing with grief.