Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ is one of those tracks that instantly elevates a dance floor with its pounding beat and pumping synths. Kele Okereke’s decision to turn the track into a dark and moody trip hop style song then, is an interesting choice indeed.
The Bloc Party frontman has slowed the track right down, using his yearning vocal to set a sombre mood early. Two electric guitars bring that famous synth melody, while halfway through the track, deep bass sounds add to the sense of foreboding and darkness. This strangely works, highlighting the haunting tone of the lyrics that is easily covered by the original track’s fast pace and big beat.
The single was released ahead of Kele’s new solo album, The Waves Pt 1. You can check out the cover below.