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Labrinth and Emeli Sandé Talk about Their Collaboration on 'Beneath Your Beautiful' [Exclusive interview]


Following "Let The Sun Shine," "Earthquake", "Last Time," "Express Yourself" and his soaring rock-edged stomper "Treatment," Labrinth releases yet another new single from his debut LP "Electronic Earth." The latest track to be pulled from the eclectic effort is the gut-wrenching piano ballad "Beneath Your Beautiful" that features none other than British superstar singer Emeli Sandé. The track was originally slated to be released as a Christmas single in the U.K. but given the increasing demand for Labrinth around the globe, Sony/Syco decided to put out the track this fall to keep up momentum for the talented singer, songwriter and producer.

"Beneath Your Beautiful" was originally a song that was intended for Mike Posner who co-wrote the song with Labrinth. I spoke with Labrinth in his North London studio earlier this year about how the song came about. "It was really fun creating that record," he explains. "It was originally started by me and Mike Posner. He was so passionate in the studio, he was like, 'Bro, I don't understand. They don't see who you are, Lab! You're a rockstar! They need to see what you do.'"

He adds, "When we started working on the song it was initially written for him. I sang the demo, but he suggested to record the song myself. That was really cool and eventually when the song was created we thought that Emeli would be perfect to duet with on the record. She came to the studio and she ended up writing her whole own verse, and created her own interpretation of what the song is about."

When I met with Emeli Sandé this summer, she also she spoke fondly about Labrinth and working with him on "Beneath Your Beautiful." "Labrinth is really great," she said. "I first worked with him two years ago before I was signed and before he was signed as well."

"He was very different and I could tell that straight away," she remembers. "He's a musician more than anything else. I loved working with him. We got really nerdy about music and talking about all the theories of music. You can't really do that with many people in the industry. I have a lot of respect for him. To have the chance to work with him and to be on his album is fantastic."

The freshly-premiered video for "Beneath your Beautiful" is a perfect match for the grand, emotive qualities of the song.  Labrinth and Emeli perform the song separately while one is projected on a giant green screen behind the other. In the final scene of the video, both appear together in a single frame to conclude the song. Look out for the release of the song in the U.K. in the next few weeks. No U.S. release date have been scheduled at this time.

October 5, 2012 | Permalink