The lyrics to Paloma Faith’s “Pressure” felt to me like someone took a pen and wrote a melody to my feelings. These lyrics are so deep and worthwhile, with Faith and Kojey Radical complementing each other so beautifully.
The song is about finding no peace within your mind, and trying so hard to hold it together even when everything feels like it’s slipping through your fingers.
“Oh my mind, it’s wearing thin / Against the pressure I face / The pressure I face / No peace I have found,” Faith sings in the chorus, as she describes how she’s been stretched to her breaking limit and just barely holding on.
The part of the song that I love the most is Radical’s rap, where he finely touches on every disturbing detail that relates to the topic that “Pressure” represents so well. “More money more problems, I could spend it for the hell of it / Nearly had to get a therapist for my therapist,” he raps, adding, “Tears ran dry, thought I’d never see the end of it / I know I’ve got tendencies / Tend to hide the rest of it/Hide them with a smile until I know that I can tend to it.”
He also uses famous phrases to express his thoughts, like when he raps, “Whoever said boys don’t cry was a menace / My son cries all the time and I’m jealous / Can’t speak, still found the language for the pain / Daddy cries too, I just hide it in the game.”
Faith says of the sing, ““Pressure” was a chorus originally sent to me by Liam Bailey through his friendship with Chase and Status. We then wrote verses with Gez O’Connell who was the original writer on the track and eventually arrived at this haunting subby place which I was hypnotized by. I had always hoped to collaborate with Kojey because I consider him to be one of the most exceptionally talented artists in the UK, and I’m a big fan of his work. This was a perfect pairing. I’m delighted with the result.”
Speaking on the collaboration, Radical says: “Paloma is one of the best truly fearless creatives this country has and it was an honor to be able to join such a real and vulnerable record. I just hope I did it justice.”
The song features as the second track on her upcoming studio album The Glorification of Sadness, which has already seen the release of singles “How You Leave A Man” and “Bad Woman.”