Rina Sawayama – Cyber Stockholm Syndrome

Japan-born, London-based producer and singer Rina Sawayama has dropped the follow-up to her breakthrough single Where Are U; the brand new offering is called Cyber Stockholm Syndrome and also serves as first taste off her upcoming debut album, which will be released later this year. With production from Clarence Clarity and Hoost, the song floats around swirling electronics and pulsating synths, taking Rina’s classic take on R&B towards a more refreshing approach. Think of Mariah, but with all the coordinates updated.

Speaking about the track, Ri says: “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome is happy and sad, honest and autobiographical, and I feel like I’ve truly written from the heart from the first time. It took two years of rewriting and revising as I wrestled with the beauty and anxiety of digital life. Before, I saw the internet as a captor of our time and free will. But now, I see embracing a positive relationship with our online selves as an act of self-preservation and defiance. In this age, the digital world can offer vital support networks, voices of solidarity, refuge, escape. Marginalised people, or socially anxious people like myself can in fact, be freed. That’s what ‘Cyber Stockholm Syndrome’ is about: pessimism, optimism, anxiety and freedom.