This post was originally published in December 2018.
This song is a testament to the fact that soul-pop vocals can live happily next to a deep electronic mix, and a radio-ready vocal hook, but with the same drops you expect from a trap feel. With his new downtempo single Only You, Monro creates a busy and interconnected percussion groove, injecting synth arpeggios and sample swells into the arrangement to fill the space around the lead vocal.
The result is a song that bleeds in two languages, of binaries and infinite space. By retaining a human sensibility around the hook the machine-groove takes on a life of its own, playing against the disparity between a passional female vocal and the thick storm of digital energy.
Monro is one of the most exciting producer-artists to emerge from the UK in recent years. This song is featured on our Groovy Summer playlist.