British beat makers Disclosure are clearly not fully content with the success of their happy dance-pop debut album Settle, feeling fourth single F for You needed some oomph. And where do you turn when you want to remix your own song? R&B legend Mary J Blige.
Released mid-2013, Settle was an instant electronica/garage-house hit from the two bros from Surrey, with righteous bangers like Latch and White Noise earning the album widespread critical acclaim, as well as the 2013 Mercury Prize and a nomination for Best Dance Album at the Grammys. With guest vocals aplenty, the record is a who’s-who of British electro/pop/trip-hop, with features from AlunaGeorge, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware and London Grammar. F for You was the first single not to feature a guest singer, with younger brother Howard Lawrence taking the reins. I guess something felt a little off, so the boys grabbed Blige and released a non-album single to make things right.
The original track sees a typical sharp Disclosure beat paired with infectious synth layering. More stripped back and sedate than any of their previous singles, it harbors a more monotonous tempo, with washed out bridges and much less of a drop than any other. The remix of F for You retains the same beat and chorus vocals from Howard, before Blige’s voice tumbles through the register and into the song. She brings a healthy dose of soul to the verses and injects her own hip-hop charm, transforming the song into a further reaching pop hit.
Disclosure and Mary J Blige have done a great job in creating a memorable dance floor jam that we’re more than keen to lap up.