Baby Queen’s “Raw Thoughts” Is The Bittersweet Party Anthem We Prayed For

It totally gets us

Photo: David J East

South African-born, London-based artist Baby Queen (aka Bella Latham) nails our current 2021 mood with her new banger “Raw Thoughts.” From its slick, slow-burning start to electrifying fireworks, “Raw Thoughts” induces both movement and meditation to its listeners. Embedded within the explosive melody, there is a lyrical tug-of-war that goes on between bliss and melancholia as Bella illustrates the novel rush we feel when we outgrow our naivete, but also the weird sense of loss that comes with it:

Of the track Bella says: “‘Raw Thoughts’ is probably the most important song I’ve released to date because it’s actually the song that catalysed what has become the sound of Baby Queen. I wrote it near the beginning of 2018 (earlier than any Baby Queen song that has been, or most likely ever will be released) and it sort of came to me like a gift from heaven. I had been on one of the biggest nights out of my entire life and had woken up dreadfully hungover. I think up until that very point in my life, I didn’t know what partying was. I was incredibly innocent and naïve, and this was the moment everything changed for me. I had been going through a terrible breakup, and discovering partying was like discovering freedom. I was going to places my ex had never been, I was meeting people they would never meet and doing things that would make their skin crawl. I think I fell in love with the danger of it. I had realized that I could do or be whoever I wanted to be, even though the only thing I wanted was to be loved by them again. The song came out like word vomit the next day. I was partly thrilled, partly coming down and partly ashamed of myself for what felt like a betrayal of innocence. ‘Raw Thoughts’ is an amalgamation of every feeling. It’s euphoria bleeding into my deep sadness. It sounds like the moment everything changes, because without my knowing it at the time, it was. This song felt like the only way to start 2021.”