We’re used to scouring the world for the hottest new hideaways and the latest hotel openings, but for SUITCASE Volume 18: The Rhythm Issue we decided to turn the lens back on our home town by taking a look at eight women who are crafting the future of music from our back yard. London’s music scene is always evolving, and we continue our series this week with North London rapper and singer Little Simz’s city spots.

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Name: Little Simz

Shoot location: Gainsborough Studio Apartments. My friends and I used to come here during the summer and chill by the canal – get a beer, listen to music and just catch a vibe.

What sounds sum up your area?

Space Age.

In what ways has North London shaped you and your music?

It’s where I was born. It’s where I’ve grown up. It’s where I went to school. It’s my everyday existence even when I’m not here because of the close ties I have with the area.

What’s the first place you go when you come back home?

My mum’s house.

The best food can be found at….?

My mum’s house.

What’s the best thing about where you’re from?

My family and my friends.

What has changed in recent years?

A lot has changed in the area, nothing ever really stays the same.

What has stayed the same?

Nothing ever stays the same.

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