The 1975 are back today with their first new music since one of last year’s best albums, the deeply contentious I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. One of that album’s hallmarks was its chameleonic approach to genre, so those of us who dug it were curious to see what kind of song they’d return with.
The answer: For a new charity single benefitting War Child, they’ve remade Sade’s “By Your Side” as a Vocoder-heavy synth-pop power ballad. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Matty Healy said the song was influenced by Bon Iver, Kanye West and Francis And The Lights — which makes sense, all things considered. He also said the band’s next album will include elements of this sound but will not be limited to it. You can hear their Sade cover below.
The 1975 are also apparently collaborating with grime king Skepta, which would really be something.