This week’s Music Mondays will feature Labrinth!
Labrinith is a singer-songwriter, rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist from England who initially was hired to work as a producer but Simon Cowell signed him as a soloist for his record label Syco Music, making Labrinth (whose real name is Timothy Lee McKenzie) Cowell’s first non-talent show signing. Labrinth made his debut in 2010 and made multiple collaborations with English rapper Tinie Tempah. He has released 1 album, 2 EPs, 11 singles and multiple collaborations with other famous English artists.
This song in particular was released in November 2014 as a single coming from Labrinth’s 2nd album Take Me to the Truth. This song in particular was written by Labrinth as he reflected on the departure of one of his parents who had left their family when Labrinth was 4 years old. While it did not receive booming attention when first released, the song re-entered music charts in the following year when a contestant performed this song on The X Factor.
While much of Labrinth’s music can be categorized into R&B or Hip Hop, it’s a bit hard to lay your finger on exactly what genre of music this song falls into. This song would most likely be categorized as a ballad due to the extensive use of vocals and the style it is sung in, but the organ in the background add an interesting twist, making it less ballad-y than usual.
Labrinth certainly has a husky voice (which is to his advantage both as a singer and rapper) and it makes this song so beautiful and raw as you can hear the emotion in his voice as he sings about his parent leaving their family. The instrumental is simple and bare, which emphasis the pain that Labrinth is feeling and is also representative of how bare he is with his emotions through this song. The song is incredibly beautiful, moving, and touching for its listeners; even if you don’t like this song or his voice, it’s hard to deny the emotion and heartbreak heard in his voice.
Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments!