Last year Swedish/US production ‘outfit’ ROOM8’s huge remix of Elliphant’s ‘Love Me Badder’ showcased a knack for cracking open an already-extremely-good song and finding something different but just as wonderful inside it.
For the duo’s new single the song bit has been left — as all song bits in all tracks should be — to The Sound Of Arrows, whose way with a pop song remains so impressive as to almost border on the obscene. Did you hear the William Orbit-esque reswizzle of ‘Beautiful Life’ they whacked online the other day? That’s what we’re talking about ladies and gentlemen. That right there.
But what of the mysterious (not really mysterious) ‘ROOM8’? “ROOM8 are comprised of Ezra Reich and Nic Johns,” say the words in an email sent to accompany this premiere. “Their work combines elements of modern pop and RnB, winning the acclaim of Noisey, Billboard and more since debuting in 2014 with ‘Visions Of You’. Having worked with the likes of Little Boots, Electric Youth and Kitten, ROOM8 look set for a prolific 2017, with ‘Just You & I’ a stellar new offering.”
To be absolutely honest with you the “modern pop and R&B” aspect is almost if not totally absent from this song — it’s a swoonily sad retro synthbanger — but if Noisey, Billboard AND MORE are into something, you definitely know you’re onto a winner.
Here’s the song.