Ellie Goulding dropped 'Hanging On' with Tinie Tempah, and it has us, well, hanging on for her next album.
Ellie Goulding's breakout single, "Lights," has had a slow rise to the Top 10, even though it's now gone double platinum in the U.S. (hey girl hey!). So for those of us who've been hooked on the alt-pop chanteuse's haunting vocals and glittering synth production for a minute, it was an unexpected little gift to find that Ellie dropped a gorgeous new track, :Hanging On," via SoundCloud yesterday. Better still? She teamed up with fellow U.K. crossover superstar Tinie Tempah for the collaboration. (For those keeping track, that's a double "Hey girl hey!" as far as we're concerned.)
Listen to Ellie Goulding's "Hanging On" featuring Tinie Tempah after the jump.
"Hanging On," is a stunning cover of dream pop act Active Child's 2011 single "Hanging On," all delicate, shimmering synths draped under ethereal vox. "I just can't keep hanging on to you and me," Ellie cries out over a big dubby beat drop in the chorus, "I just don't know what is wrong with you and me." Tinie's verse, on the other hand, is raw and aggressive, dripping with vitriol, marking a striking contrast to Ellie's angelically delicate soprano. The track maintains the gorgeous folktronica of Ellie's debut while still showcasing a marked artistic evolution that offers up an addictive teaser of what she'll deliver on her sophomore effort. Quite simply, to turn a cheesy little pun of a phrase, we're hanging on for dear life waiting for her next album to drop. Given that she's been in the studio with A-list producers like Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia and her boyfriend (and our hair icon) Skrillex? This new era should be pretty major.
Listen to Ellie Goulding featuring Tinie Tempah, "Hanging On" (NSFW lyrics).