Headie One shares new song “Martin’s Sofa”

It’s his first new track of the year and, potentially, the lead single from his second studio album.

January 19, 2023

Headie One has shared his first single of the new year. “Martin’s Sofa” follows the 28-year-old emcee’s ambitious No Borders: European Compilation Project — a November 2022 mixtape comprising 11 international collaborations — and, more recently, “50s,” a December cut that doubled as a teaser for the new one. “The fans calling for ‘Martin’s Sofa’ / It might be the first single from my second,” he rapped, creating a substantial buzz around a potential sophomore studio LP that a new press release confirms will arrive sometime in 2023.


Today’s track is a relatable ode to eternal hustle in which the titular couch is both the centerpiece of a trap house and a nagging symbol of a situation Headie hopes he’s transcended but fears he may be forced to return to one day. “I pray when the fame and the charting’s over / I ain’t gon’ end up on Martin’s sofa,” he raps on the hook, sounding genuinely stressed over an M1onthebeat instrumental that interpolates a sample of Jeni Suk’s cover of SBTRKT’s “Wildfire” notably used in Flatbush Zombies’ “Palm Trees.”

Nathan Tettey’s visual treatment for “Martin’s Sofa” — complete with a “characters, names, and events in this video are fictional” disclaimer — starts as a straightforward reimagining of Headie One’s rocky path to success but devolves into a darkly woven nightmare of failure. Watch it above and view Headie’s No Borders European tour dates below.

Headie One winter 2023 European tour dates

February 11 - Zurich, CH - Dynamo
February 12 - Cologne, DE - CBE
February 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Tolhuistuin
February 15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
February 16 - Berlin, DE - Lido
February 17 - Munich, DE - Hansa 39
February 18 - Frankfurt, DE - Zoom Bar
February 20 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
February 21 - Paris, FR - Maroquinerie
February 22 - Stockholm, SE - Fryshuset
February 23 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
February 25 - Oslo, NO - Parkteatret

Headie One shares new song “Martin’s Sofa”