It features hit singles ‘Come & Go’, ‘WAR’ w/ Aitch,
‘Oliver Twist’ & ‘Flowers (Say My Name)’
After months of anticipation, Rap wonderkid ArrDee has unveiled his long-awaited debut mixtape Pier Pressure, out 18th March.
An eleven-track release, Pier Pressure is the largest, most comprehensive sonic snapshot of ArrDee to date: A diverse, rip roaring showcase of exactly why the 19 year old has risen to the top of the UK charts over the past 12 months. Capturing his acerbic wit; lucid storytelling ability; and musical versatility, Pier Pressure is a well rounded package of humour, heartbreak, contemplation and club ready fun across its duration.
Kicking things off is ‘Locker’, a combination of hard-hitting drill beats and triumphant bars that immediately sets the tone. The similarly adrenaline-fueled official video communicates this vibe in visual form. The first of five singles on the mixtape, it is followed up by three tracks that broke the UK ‘Top 10’ after being released as singles over the last few weeks.
The first is collaborative smash ‘WAR’, a riotous collaboration with fellow UK rap favourite Aitch that peaked at #5, then there is the rags-to-riches energy of ‘Oliver Twist’, which reached #6, and the now-legendary, Sweet-Female-Attitude-and-Destiny’s-Child-sampling ‘Flowers (Say My Name)’ which peaked at #5. The three tracks have amassed over 136 million combined Spotify streams. The final single on Pier Pressure, ‘Come & Go’, finds ArrDee at his most contemplative, with the chart-topper exploring themes of love and loss, casual relationships and his absent father. The affecting official video, which explores homelessness and the social issues attached to his hometown, perfectly captures the contemplative energy of the track.
Elsewhere, ‘Late Night Drive’ sees ArrDee document his unprecedented rise through the musical ranks; he is on the charm offensive on ‘Fruitella’, insisting that “now she thinks I’m sweet like Starburst”; while ‘Pandemic’ draws powerful comparisons between Covid-19 and child poverty – suggesting that both are at pandemic levels. Closing things out, ‘Who Woulda Thought’ juxtaposes ArrDee’s honest lyricism with delicate strings and the soaring vocals of South London singer-songwriter Lola Young – a fitting finale that potentially alludes to ArrDee’s desire to work with more pop vocalists moving forward. The mixtape will also feature an additional three bonus tracks, with further details disclosed in the run-up to its release.
“After putting pressure onto the scene for a whole year, it feels only right to release my debut mixtape,” says ArrDee. “It unravels more of my musical depth and layers as an artist, but also as a person. Coming from a seaside town and proving myself, this tape shows that I’ll continue putting ‘Pier Pressure’ on the scene.”
Coinciding with the release, ArrDee is hitting the road for an in-store UK tour between 16th – 20th March, taking in five shows including Banquet in Kingston, HMV in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Crash in Leeds and concluding at HMV in Manchester. Remaining show tickets are available HERE.
ArrDee burst onto the scene with debut single ‘Cheeky Bars’ at the start of last year, a track that has received over 6.5 million YouTube streams after being premiered by Mixtape Madness. It also picked up organic radio support from Tiffany Calver, DJ Target (BBC 1Xtra), Ricky Melvin and Charlie Hedges (BBC Radio 1) and made its way onto Spotify NMF UK and Rap UK, debuting at #14 in the Viral chart. Then came ‘6AM In Brighton’, an ode to his hometown that perfectly showcased the 21-year-old’s rapid-fire flow and heart-on-sleeve lyricism, surpassing 2 million YouTube views inside its first month of release.
ArrDee’s largest body of work to date, Pier Pressure is a landmark release for an artist on the road to greatness.