As rumored ’round the pop gossip internet, Brit heartthrobs the 1975 premiered a non-album single called “By Your Side” today, and it turns out it’s a cover of Sade’s 2000 original. The new song is part of a charity effort supporting the U.K. organization War Child (as is a new Brandi Carlile covers album, also announced today).
Speaking to BBC Radio 1 host MistaJam, 1975 frontman Matt Healy discussed the relationship between classic Sade and several big albums from 2016: “If you listen to Kanye, if you listen to Bon Iver, if you listen to Francis and the Lights, moments on that Chance record—that song, [Sade’s] “By Your Side,” has so much of that kind of identity. When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with this real kind of sense of modernity and thinking, ‘Wow, this is still really, really forward-thinking.'”