October 21, 2011
Emeli Sande's street symphony
Just days after Rihanna was smoking nine cigarettes at once with her bad Irish boyfriend in We Found Love, we now find Emeli Sandé having it off with Mr. Wrong in her new video for Daddy...
The video's solid, but the song is they key. It's one of the finest of 2011: a triphoppian epic with blazing strings. The kind of track that sounds great in your ears on a cold, grey city day or deep in the night.
Like Sandé's previous single, Heaven, Daddy is produced by Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy. In fact, the song's credit is "featuring Naughty Boy," which makes it sound like there's a rapper feature that, thankfully, there is not. The single is out November 20, with several remixes, but we have to wait until February 6 for the album, Our Version Of Events.
And let's just say this now: There is surely no one who is going to top Emeli for the BBC's Sound of 2012. We can end that contest right here, right now.