Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sam Smith goes solo on Safe With Me

Here's some good news: Sam Smith, the vocalist behind Naughty Boy's La La La and Disclosure's Latch, has gone solo and he's not rubbish.

Safe With Me is the lead track from his debut EP (we seem to be glossing over the smoky ballad Lay Me Down that came out earlier this year). It's a lot less frantic than his featured-artist tracks, but proves to be a gorgeous showcase for his keening soul vocals.

There's something of a Daniel Merriweather vibe to the solo tracks we've heard from Sam so far, but don't hold that against him. The tape-loop soundwash and disembodied backing vocals on Safe With Me (courtesy of R&B cut-and-slash merchants Two Inch Punch) make it a strangely affecting track.

The track has been "blowing up" on Twitter today. Here's my favourite response.

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