Update May 20, 2015: Jamie xx has shared the final, official version of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” Listen to it at the bottom of this post.
Jamie xx is a few weeks out from releasing his stellar new LP, In Colour, and now he’s got a new single featuring SPIN‘s Rapper of 2014, Young Thug. Titled “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” the bass-heavy thumper opens with a retro soul sample, followed by Thug’s pitchy yelp. Expect this song to be blasting from every car window this summer. Note, though, that this isn’t the final version of the track: Expect a soulful Popcaan addition come June.
Talking to XXL about the track, Jamie xx said the following about the new single:
I was living in New York for a couple months and I was doing a drive to Manhattan while I was listening to Hot 97. It was the perfect setting and it made me want to make the track like that. I just think [Young Thug] is the best at the moment, him and Popcaan. I sent the song to other people who did versions, but [Thug and Popcaan’s] version fit best on the record… Young Thug has such a weird style I love, especially the things he does with his voice. It just sounds different. I like that Popcaan is so young and he comes from a different place, but they complement each other very well… Young Thug did a whole version of the song and Popcaan did a whole version of the song. I ended up splicing it together for the final version. Young Thug was really quick. I was surprised with how quick he got back to me. They got to hear the final version and they were happy. They said they want to do more stuff together.