New Music: Labrinth - "Let It Be" [Premiere / Review]
I’m on the fence with this one but I think I’m going to end up liking it. British singer-songwriter Labrinth has recently premiered online the lead single from his forthcoming yet-untitled second studio album - due in stores in late 2013 via Simco / Sony Music UK. "Let It Be” will be officially released in the United Kingdom on September 28. As recently stated by Labrinth in an inteview, his second LP will be nothing like his 2012 debut "Electronic Earth”. So if you loved the commercial sound of “Electronic Earth” then the probabilities are high you’re going to hate the new album, but if you’re a true Labrinth fan you’re going to love it any way.
Read below what Labrinth had to say about his upcoming album:
"I had so much fun making all the music and then I was f**king s**t scared. I basically made what I wanted to hear and basically made the album I wanted to make, but I don't know how the world is going to view it.
"It doesn't sound like anything I've done before. It made me go back and look at all the other records again and be like, 'Ah, maybe it needs to sound more exciting? Maybe it's not poppy enough? Or commercial enough.'
"I had a bit of an anxiety attack, but after that I was just like, the only answer is to do what is right - just let go and let everything happen the way it is going to happen. That is where the record kind of came from."
"Let It Be” single review
Very different, indeed. "Let It Be” sounds nothing like “Earthquake” or any of the tracks Labrinth produced for Tinie Tempah (“Pass Out”, “Frisky”).
It may not as commercial-sounding as many of the songs on his debut "Electronic Earth”, but there’s something unique and cool about "Let It Be” nevertheless. I applaud Labrinth for taking risks, trying to re-invent his sound, and staying true to himself; by recording the music the felt like to record at the moment.
After listening to "Let It Be" for the firs time, the three words that came straight to my head were; retro, gospel and future. Can't really categorize "Let It Be” in a specific genre. You’ll have to hear it yourself to understand what I’m saying. Labrinth’s new single is definitely a grower, and I think I will learn to love with time. That cool space-y melody/beat after each chorus is helping a lot! Considering the UK is a music market that is open to "different" music, I'd say Labrinth has a chance to smash with this single. Oh, what's the song about? It's speaks about, hope.