This week saw the release of the reMix package of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down. Smith has experienced a meteoric rise to stardom in the past year, going from ‘that guy on House records’ to Brit and Grammy Award destroying superstar who can entice the very best in production talent. Like this reMix from the awesome Maya Jane Coles. Check it out.
Lay Me Down is a great showcase for Maya’s particular brand of enigmatic vocal House. With her trademark low slung basslines and cavernous synths Smith’s song takes on a whole new persona. A haunting and intoxicating new track with a compelling groove, this one takes it’s time to travel it;s mesmerising journey, drawing you deeper and deeper in as it does.
♫ Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Maya Jane Coles reMix)
Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down is out now.
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So, we weren’t going to write about this song. Obviously as soon as a track with a line up like Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes hit the internet every blog and their dog featured it (sometimes whether they liked it or not, it’s all about the traffic y’all!), so there was no point and honestly, could any track, let alone one written in a day, deliver in the promises that line up makes? But here’s the thing, it’s actually a really good tune. It’s definitely a grower, but having had the weekend to let it sink in we are digging it more and more with each listen.
From it’s infectious rubbery bass wobbles to the smooth vocals, there’s just something about this track that gets under your skin. Nile’s Tropical infused guitar playing against the decidedly British take on Funk is a lot more exciting on repeated listens, and the vocal harmonies are pitch perfect. It’s a short tune, and one that doesn’t feel like and of the contributors individually. That must have been one good day in the studio.
♫ Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes – Together
Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes’ Together is out soon.
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