“It’s Friday, Friday, gotta write ‘Song Of The Week’ on Friday” as a wise popfool known as Rebecca ‘Godbecca’ Black once sung. She was right about our writing habits; it IS Friday and it IS song of the week time. Rejoice in the knowledge that this week’s choice has been getting us feeling groovy, ready for a weekend of sipping on Pimms and sitting in the garden.
Sam Smith only sings in songs whose titles begin with the letters ‘La’. Known for crossover minimal-house smash ‘Latch’ last year, he now finds himself working with Naughty Boy. Naughty Boy, currently best known for his collaboration ‘Wonder’ with notoriously reclusive songstress Emeli Sandé, has an incredibly interesting back-story. It includes him quitting his university degree, receiving a grant from The Prince’s Trust, and a stint on gameshow Deal or No Deal, to buy equipment to enable for him to produce for other artists. A string of events led, as these things tend to do, to him working on tracks for British pop heavyweights such as JLS and Cheryl Cole. Naughty Boy is to release an album this year which will surely be a must-have and properly propel him towards stardom.
Anyway, La La La defies being classified in a genre; it is an incredible piece of music, which one wants to place alongside Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Aluna George, and label crudely as some sort of ‘2013 minimal house revival’. The song is much more to our tastes than the track with Sandé, thus proving Naughty Boy has many strings to his bow. It is very atmospheric, and as with ‘Latch’ Smith’s vocals are what guide the track to brilliance. Yet his vocals are not so dominating, not so demanding, and not so needy, as they were on Latch.
Basically, you might as well start liking this song now, because it’s going to deservedly be absolutely massive when it gets released on May 19th.