Last night, Radio One’s Annie Mac premiered ‘Garden’ featuring Jay Electronica and Áine Zion, a sexy, brooding track rendered with smoky ruminations and flashes of vivid emotion. It’s a song that’s both a surprise and a revelation. Listen here
“‘Garden’ is one of my favourite songs from the album,” Emeli says, “It is an expression of freedom and passion, two important parts of life which I hadn’t really explored until a few years ago. It was a great honour to work with the genius Jay Electronica and I’m very excited to introduce a very special talent, Áine Zion.”
Opening with a languid, almost ethereal introduction from featured artist Áine Zion, “I’m not telling you to love what I love; I’m asking you to take time to know who it is that you love and are in love with”, she says representing the stillness of post-night out, pre-dawn moments. In kicks the beat and Sandé weaves her way into the track, with her world class distinctive and alluring voice, “In the club, how you dance, how you touch, how you offer up your love and devotion”, she sings, recalling the intoxicated feeling and infatuation that comes from attraction on the dancefloor. Then the much lauded enigmatic rapper, Jay Electronica, gives a rare performance and cements his mark with his dexterous and near mythical flow, “Love is like a garden; love is like a death sentence; love is like a pardon – I’m free again, I’m ready.”
‘Garden’manages to be both reminiscent of Sandé’s urban roots, while also taking her into unchartered territory. Not only does ‘Garden’ present a more insightful, perception shifting look into Emeli Sandé, it continues to represent the sense of unreserved freedom and artistry that lies in new single ‘Hurts’ as well as at the bedrock of new album Long Live the Angelsout November 11th.
As one of the most anticipated releases this year, Long Live the Angels shot to No.1 of the album pre-order chart on announcement and continues to remain in the top 5 a month on. “Hurts” remains in the iTunes top 10 and is currently No.2 in the airplay chart and Sande’s recent tour of intimate shows sold out in 9 minutes and received huge critical acclaim across the board.