Listen Rina Sawayama “mocks capitalism” on new track ‘XS’

Rina Sawayama "mocks capitalism" on new track 'XS'
Photo: Jess Farran

The R&B-tinged new’un is lifted from her upcoming album ‘SAWAYAMA’.

With her new record ‘SAWAYAMA’ set to land next month, Rina Sawayama is giving us another lil’ taste of what to expect with her latest Certified Bop ‘XS’.

“‘XS’ is a song that mocks capitalism in a sinking world,” she explains. “Given that we all know global climate change is accelerating and human extinction is a very real possibility within our lifetime it seemed hilarious to me that brands were still coming out with new makeup palettes every month and public figures were doing a gigantic house tour of their gated property in Calabasas in the same week as doing a ‘sad about Australian wild fires’ Instagram post. I mean I’m guilty of turning a blind eye too, because otherwise it makes me depressed. We’re all hypocrites because we are all capitalists, and it’s a trap that I don’t see us getting out of. I wanted to reflect the chaos of this post-truth climate change denying world in the metal guitar stabs that flare up like an underlying zit between the 2000s R&B beat that reminds you of a time when everything was alright.”

Following previous hard AF releases ‘STFU!’ and ‘Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys)’, we spoke to Rina for our March 2020 issue all about her brand new record which lands on 17th April, so catch up on all the goss here and have a listen to her new’un below.

See Rina live at the following dates.


24 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

25 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

27 - Portland, OR @ Holocene

28 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile


01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe

02 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

03 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre

06 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage

07 - New York City, NY @ Webster Hall

08 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

09 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore

14 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts

15 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

16 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Intitute3

21 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton

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