LMK

Album: Take Me Apart (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Here, Kelela wants to know what she's getting into with a potential one-night stand. (The song title stands for "Let Me Know").

    "The song is directed at a man who's being weird instead of being honest," Kelela explained to The Fader. "Does casual have to be careless? Is wifey the only woman who deserves your respect, and why do you think I want more when I demand it? These are my questions."
  • Kelela told Pitchfork:

    "I just want to live in a world where I can tell a guy, 'This is the deal: I really want this. I really want you. But it's also not that deep.' It's hard for men to think that a woman is capable of just wanting to get laid without being a ho. 'LMK' is a song that's essentially just like, Just let me know - it's not that deep either way, you know?'"
  • The music clip was directed by longtime Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang. He said:

    "The video is essentially a grand unveiling featuring Kelela wearing different wigs and guises as she pushes through the club with her friends, ultimately revealing herself at the end of the video.

    The message of this video is empowerment: it's for the girls, for anyone whose heart has been trampled on and deserves to go out and feel good about themselves. It's a call to action, demanding to be taken and to be quick about it."
  • The lead single from Take Me Apart, this Jam City-produced song finds Kelela expressing what she desires from a lover. "I think a lot of women can respect you after they have sex with you," the singer explained to Genius. "For the most part, men, the respect dips down in that moment and it's a drag. So I was inspired to write a song to address the drag."
  • Let me know
    It ain't that deep, either way
    No one's tryna settle down
    All you gotta do is let me know


    Kelela said: "'No one's tryna settle down' is a line that is quite specific to this song. I wouldn't say that that's my take on life or approach in relationships in general. But I will say that there are times where you're not thinking about that, and that's not what you're trying to do. And that's why I say it in that part of the song. Because, I'm telling them to let me know, and I'm also just trying to give them that buffer. That little extra kind phrase that says, 'You can relax. It'll be fine. Just without any judgment. Without any kind of harsh feelings afterwards. I just would like you to tell me the truth.' And the hope is that when I say, 'It ain't that deep either way,' I get more of the truth. It doesn't always happen that way. But, I try. That's me trying."

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