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Hear the 1975’s Atmospheric Cover of Sade’s ‘By Your Side’

British outfit share new charity single in support of War Child organization

Hear the 1975's Atmospheric Cover of Sade's 'By Your Side'Hear the 1975's Atmospheric Cover of Sade's 'By Your Side'

The 1975 released a gauzy and atmospheric cover of Sade's "By Your Side" as a new charity single benefiting the organization War Child.

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The 1975 unveiled a delicate cover of Sade‘s 2000 track “By Your Side” as a charity single raising funds for the British organization, War Child. The charity provides aid to children in war-torn countries around the world. 

“By Your Side” premiered on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show (approximately 40 seconds into the audio clip) and finds the British outfit turning Sade’s indelible acoustic pop into a luxurious soundscape of soft percussion and silky synthesizers. Singer Matthew Healey embraces the ultra-smooth vibes, filtering his soft croon through layers of effects while singing Sade’s intimate lyrics.

Speaking with MistaJam, Healey noted how Sade and “By Your Side” capture a style artists like Kanye West, Bon Iver and Chance the Rapper continue to emulate. “When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with a real sense of modernity and thinking, ‘Wow this is still really, really forward thinking.’ So me and George [Daniel] couldn’t help ourselves … It’s such a beautiful song.”

The 1975’s cover of “By Your Side” marks the group’s first song since releasing their second LP, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, last year. The 1975 will embark on a North American tour in support of the record this spring, starting April 9th at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City.

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