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Self Esteem teams up with Moonchild Sanelly on new single ‘Big Man’

The new track explores "the nuances of modern masculinity and gender roles”

By Nick Reilly

Moonchild Sanelly and Self Esteem. CREDIT: Yana Van Nuffel

Self Esteem and Moonchild Sanelly have teamed up for a collaborative new single, ‘Big Man’. Check it out below.

The song marks the first original release from the singer – Rebecca Lucy Taylor – since her acclaimed 2021 second album Prioritise Pleasure.

It’s said to explore “the nuances of modern masculinity and gender roles” and sees the pair chant “I’m a big man/ Yeah, I’m a fucking big man/ What are you?

Of working with Sanelly, Taylor said: ““Me and Moon wrote a song from the perspective of a good boyfriend. The ones that are just chill and secure so they just leave you to it. The ones that don’t want a medal for doing the bins.

“The ones that see that you’re working your tits off so they go and get yet another thing you’ve ordered and missed the delivery of from the post office. The ones that don’t take your success as a direct threat to their existence. To me, this is real masculinity.”

She continued: “We have both collaborated with Johan Karlberg on our records and I’m so grateful to him for introducing us, it was a joy to make this song together.”

An accompanying music video, meanwhile, is described as an “inverse ‘I Want To Break Free’ by Queen” – referring to the band’s striking 1984 visuals. It sees the pair wearing oversized suits while undertaking household chores.

“[Director] Piers Dennis executed this gorgeously cos he’s a fucking Big Man. Self Esteem 3 lez go,” she said, seemingly teasing her third album.

Sanelly added: “We were in the studio bonding HARD, having the deepest conversation about relationships and how it’s hard to be bold, loud female artists in a relationship.  How you can be the baddest bitch on any stage, but if you have an insecure man he can’t support your success as a woman.

“Instead of celebrating and supporting you, he sees your success as a personal attack and uses it to pull you down and make you feel bad. And we thought… what would it feel like to be ourselves, doing what we do, and have a man who properly supported all that we are.

“So Rebecca and I wrote from the perspective of our ideal partner. The song is from the hypothetical perspective of a man who supports their partner and is happy for their woman. A man that is fully secure. A big man.”