Earlier this evening, one of the UK’s brightest soul talents finally premiered his official UK debut single, via Mistajam‘s show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Following the release of his brilliant ten-track mixtape Those Who Wait over a year ago, fans and the music industry alike have been eagerly awaiting Mancunian singer-songwriter Daley‘s next move.
The 22-year-old surprised many by collaborating with ex-Floetry singer (and expat Brit) Marsha Ambrosius on “Alone Together”, one of the mixtape’s highlights. Daley’s hooked up with Essex girl Jessie J (who just last week described him as “one of the best artists to come from the UK”) for his debut single – clearly he’s got great taste in transatlantic success stories.
“Remember Me” interpolates Blue Boy‘s 90s dance track of the same name (which sampled Marlena Shaw‘s “Woman of the Ghetto”) and was produced by The White N3rd and Ballistiq, the production team behind some of Delilah’s best known tracks. It’s a pretty decent indicator of the mainstream direction Daley can take his soulful sound without diluting it beyond recognition: it’s fresh, funky (with a pretty irresistible bassline) and infectious. Even more excitingly, it means that there’s finally an album coming from this huge talent. Expect him to do huge things both in the UK and over in the States.