When we last heard Sam Smith, the London singer was bringing the goods as the soulful voice behind Disclosure‘s sparkling glitch-house thump “Latch”. On new cut “Lay Me Down”, the credits are switched (it’s a Smith cut produced by Disclosure and Jimmy Napes), but the results are no less sublime.
This time though, the dancefloor swerve is left behind for a stripped-back ballad arrangement, one that brings all the focus upon a masterful Smith vocal showcase that flutters and soars in all the right places, bringing all the necessary emotional anguish to a lyric that finds him nursing a bruised heart over an ex-lover’s exit and almost leaving you want to rise up from where you’re sitting to gift it a standing ovation once it’s over.
Look for this to become the standard go-to for singers far and wide (and vocally capable or not) in 2013.
If that’s not enough new Smith to get you by for the day though, than plant an ear or two on this “Lay Me Down” re-edit from Brooklyn beat-tweaker Bath 5alt that morphs the slow burner into an serene slab of daydream-like wooziness.