Claptone adds Seal to ‘Closer’ cast of collaborators with ‘Just A Ghost’
Out of Claptone‘s Closer treasure trove comes “Just A Ghost,” the LP’s latest single that situates a Seal-supplied topline atop a mid-tempo foundation that takes slightly more of a commercial house approach than much of the Fantast album maker’s catalog. It’s unusual to find Seal in the electronic context, conferring must-stream status to “Just A Ghost,” which not only follows the masked beatsmith’s August edit of Faithless‘ “Innadadance,” but also marks Seal’s first original material in six years’ time, according to Claptone.
“The deep sensuality in Seal’s voice has always kept me under its spell, and of course, the mystique around his persona,” Claptone stated. “No doubt the stars aligned when Seal and I were working on ‘Just A Ghost’—his first original material in six years. By introducing him to the deep, emotive, and powerful sound of Claptone, my aim was to lead him back to his very own roots, to an electronic club infused but soulful sound. And I needed to do that without sacrificing the strong musical identity he built for himself over the past decades.”
Claptone’s third studio album, Closer, will land on November 12 via Different Recordings /PIAS. The 14-track body of work, which will include some previously released singles such as the James Vincent McMorrow-assisted “Wake Up,” features an eclectic list of collaborators including Barry Manilow.
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