We’re getting closer to the release date of Le1f’s first studio album Riot Boi, and he’s been steadily releasing tracks since the summer.
The newest one, “Umami/Water,” is a tribute to trans musician Juliana Huxtable, who was honored at the New Museum’s triennial earlier this year.
“There was a lot of talk in political media, as well as clickbait, about transgender issues,” Le1f told Complex.
“Feeling like I wasn’t educated and sensitive enough to trans issues, I wanted to correct that for myself, so I delved [into] the struggle and a lot of the issues that are happening in the trans community. …Really just knowing the names of victims and all this transphobic brutality and assaults. It’s a multi-faceted issue, and also a beautiful thing.”
Le1f says Huxtable booked him for some of his first shows—”before I put the ’1’ in my name”—and the two have remained good friends.
“I just wanted to make a song that would make her the most proud and would be helpful for the trans community at large, but also my friends who are trans.”
Check out “Umami/Water” below.
Riot Boi hits stores November 13.