Stream: Daley – “Remember Me” ft. Jessie J

September 6, 2012 No comments yet

For those of you reading the name “Daley” and furrowing your eyebrow, it’s time for you to get familiar. Daley is an upcoming singer coming straight from the UK. Trekking along the beaten path that soul singers like Marsha Ambrosius and the late Amy Winehouse helped expand, the singer gives a refreshing and modern take on one of music’s most timeless artforms. Think the eclectic vibe of Miguel with the vocal stylings of a Maxwell.

Now you might recognize Daley as the man behind the vocals on the Gorillaz 2010 track “Doncamatic” or his recent track with Marsha Ambrosius that’s been getting some spins on urban radio, but he’s finally ready to launch his solo career. Unsurprisingly, Daley has aligned himself with one of Britain’s most visible artists to make sure his impact is felt. Indeed, the British crooner has recruited Jessie J for a guest appearance on his official first single. The song is titled “Remember Me” and samples the Blueboy song of the same name. The midtempo groove sees Daley harmonizing with the vocal powerhouse on the song’s hook along with some layered vocals reminiscent of the 90s.

Check out “Remember Me” below:

“Remember Me” was an interesting choice for a first single. Although it should do well in the UK, I’m unsure of its hit potential in the states. Yes, it does have a catchy bassline, but the song is not necessarily memorable upon first listen. Even so, the song is still a strategic release for the newcomer. It is not necessarily covered in soul, which should expose Daley to some pop audiences, but it maintains an urban undertone that may work for the R&B charts.

If you are interested in some of Daley’s material while you wait for his debut, be sure to check out his mixtape, Those Who Wait. It features a remix to “Doncamatic” and an unlikely cover of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” I also found it one of the most enjoyable releases from a singer in the past year (even though the mixtape was released in 2010).