Review of Remember Me by Daley ft Jessie J
Manchester boy Daley has been quietly going about his business. Putting in the hard work and getting a bit of a celebrity following in the process. The 22 year old already has two Soul Train Awards nominations and has played sold-out gigs in NYC. This has resulted in the likes of Maxwell, Angie Stone, Jill Scott and Pharrell waxing lyrical about Daley.
His debut single ‘Remember Me’ burst out of the traps last week. But does it live up to the hype? Sonically the track does it. Its backed by a pretty heavy bassline that isn’t there just for the sake of it. The bass builds and makes you want to move to its flow. The fact that it also samples the iconic 90s dance track ‘Remember Me’ which itself is a sample of Mariena Shaw‘s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, means it has the potential to be big.
Daley does show evidence of why he is so widely talked about. His vocals are strong and relevant. He sounds a bit like a grounded Frank Ocean or a contemporary Prince (the urban era). He hits all the notes really well and delivers breadth during the chorus.
We couldn’t get through a review of this track without mentioning Jessie J. Yes I am relatively cynical, but the addition of Jessie J seems to be a tactic to get ‘Remember Me’ fast tracked to the radio playlists. If that was the reason, it seemed to work, with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Choice among the stations backing it. However for me, the addition of Jessie is just a little pointless. This isn’t to say her vocal is poor, it just seems out of place. Daley nails the chorus and I actually love the way he delivers the ‘Remember Me’ lyrics. However, I get distracted by Jessie warbling along.
Whilst I may not be Jessie J‘s biggest fan, this isn’t the reason I am criticising this part of the song. She does OK with her vocal and I actually like it. I just think the whole single would have sounded better without it.
The one thing to come out of this, is that Daley is a talent. Definitely one to watch and we will definitely be adding him to our last of acts to listen for in 2013. He will definitely get a seat dining with the big boys at the top end of the charts.
The one thing to take from the video? Daley has manic hair!