Strip That Down – Liam Payne ft. Quavo

My favorite things about having a twenty-two year old son in law school (aside from saying that my son is in law school) is that he’s got impeccable taste in dance music. Around a month ago, he sent me this song, which I listened to for 20 seconds, and immediately sent it to rest of the band. We played it that Saturday night, and have played it at every party since.

What immediately caught my attention was how Strip That Down manages to be instantly danceable, without the use of any actual…drums.
From the first beat, synthesized “snaps,” a touch of snare drum, and the word “hey” repeated in the background are the only elements of percussion. The distinctive plucked (“pizzicato”) bass line is what gives the song it’s drive. Very cool.

Strip That Down doesn’t feel like it’ll have tremendous longevity, but for now… definitely keeps people on the dance floor. Liam sounds a bit like a young Justin Timberlake. Definitely a career worth watching.

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