- Mon, 2010-09-27 10:32
Before too long it’s going to be very hard to avoid the name Labrinth. As a producer he’s leant his talent to folks like Professor Green and N-Dubz and scored a number 1 single with Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out, and now he’s preparing to repeat that trick as a performing artist in his own right with his debut single, Let The Sun Shine.
Muted synths shudder behind Labrinth’s soft and soulful vocals, and are joined by laid-back strings for a brief period before the drums hit and the first chorus is upon us. Underpinned by a simple but powerful beat, it has an instant impact but isn’t allowed to drag its feet before the second verse takes over. The highlight of the song is the bridge, which is modern R&B at its very best.
It’s easy to see why Labrinth is so in-demand as a producer, and indeed why Simon Cowell has taken him under his wing; the subtle touches with which he embellishes the track show an intuitive understanding of how to make ear-grabbing pop without resorting to overblown gestures. Let The Sun Shine doesn’t have the immediate dance-floor impact of so much modern chart music, but it’s a slice of classic song-writing that won’t grow old quickly.