Rising synth-pop artist DAYTE is set to release her debut single ‘Just You’ on 31 May. A haunting, seductive antithesis to love songs, it highlights the ‘supernatural blues’ that can sometimes accompany complicated matters of the heart. Co-written with Grammy award winning pop maverick Rob Davis (‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’), ‘Just You’ is an ethereal-obsidian-left-field-pop-hymn.
“I wrote this song about the crucial make it or break it stage in a very fragile and dark relationship,” explains DAYTE. “The best way to describe it is using the French expression ‘folie à deux’ in which both parties are on the verge of negating each other. Is there any use in salvaging it?”
As for her playlist for FMS: “It’s important to have a good feeling compass. Something to help raise the vibrations to cosmic levels of high (yes, I am being ambitious). It is vital to have clandestine happy inducing methods in a world where sometimes complaining, generally being negative or writing sad songs (guilty as charged) is worn like a badge of honour. This eclectic mix of songs are my go to’s to nourish and nurture my private happiness. They make me feel cosmically high on my own natural supply. PS – this paragraph should be read with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ playing in the background (had to squeeze an extra one in- 11 is a good number).”
1. David Bowie – ‘Moonage Daydream’
“I want this track played at my funeral. The opening lines ‘I’m an alligator, I’m a mama papa for you’ instantly draw me into Ziggy’s surreal Stardust world and the climax comes into perfect fruition with Mick Ronson’s guitar solo.”
2. Paolo Conte – ‘Via con me’
“Chips and Paolo’s voice make me feel wonderful too.”
3. Röyksopp & Robyn – ‘Monument’
“This track about power and leaving a legacy is so underrated but I thinks it’s one of R & R’s best work.”
4. Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don – ‘Boasty (feat. Idris Elba)’
“I pretend I’m Idris Elba and my confidence goes through the roof. Good to really get into early in the morning. Yes, I am a geek.”
5. Mott The Hoople – ‘All The Young Dudes’
“First heard this when I was child watching the epic scene (baggy trouser boys) in Clueless and loved it. At the time I was clueless about Bowie being the writer but later in life after becoming a David devotee I felt unabashedly smug about unwittingly gravitating to this track.”
6. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Four Out Of Five’
“Alex Turner is undoubtedly one of the best wordsmiths of our generation and this whole track is a whole, filmic mood of hedonism which I would happily partake in.”
7. Donovan – ‘Atlantis’
“What’s not to love about this Goodfellas perfect sync song? The spoken (longish) monologue about these magical ancients alone creates so much suspense. Hail Atlantis!”
8. Goldfrapp – ‘Happiness’
“This philosophical tracks makes question the nature of happiness. The answer may be found in the happy jumping man in the video. (Maybe not so happy after incessantly jumping for a music video).”
9. The Beatles – ‘Across The Universe’
“Obviously so many Beatles tracks to choose from but I think this talks about that cosmic happiness I was referring to above. It’s even laced with a Maharishi mantra.”
10. Blackstreet, Dr. Dre, Queen Pen – ‘No Diggity’
“Can’t beat ’90s hip hop when it comes to the good feeling vibes. Everyone has a favourite line they like to emphatically sing and mine is, ‘getting played is a forte.’ Also find the story about the members initially hating the song funny.”
DAYTE’s debut single ‘Just You’ is out on 31 May. Listen to it HERE.
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Find DAYTE’s playlist below and HERE.