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Chase & Status ft. Mali - 'Let You Go'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:37 UK time, Friday, 13 August 2010

Chase and Status and Mali

Easy there, champ! Break-ups are traumatic at the best of times but there's no need to act the vengeful stalker, just because things have reached an end point that you weren't expecting. I mean you might not realise, in the heat of the moment, but you're coming across a little aggressively.

You also seem to believe that you have no part to play in the sad demise of your own relationship, while also claiming that even when it did work, it was only by an effort of your will and your will alone. The same will which you now intend to inflct upon your ex with scant regard for his or her feelings in the matter. They try and bring things to a close, you bellow as loud as you can about the lengths you will go to, in order to ensure that they cannot.

If you're trying to convince them not to go, it might have the opposite effect, you see. It's not what your former loved-one wants to hear to reassure them that everything is going to be alright. It's more...what's the word...ah yes! Terrifying.

(Here isn't the video. It's a little too grown up for the likes of you and me.)

There are precedents for this sort of thing, of course. The Police had that song about following someone and watching them whatever they may do. That was a little unsettling, quietly disturbing even, but not actually threatening. And that is because there is a world of difference between quietly asserting your intentions to do something creepy, and howling them to the bruised skies like your song is an ancient curse.

Mali's accomplices - the Chases and the Statuseses - back up his self-righteous fury with a brave display of intricate beat-boxing. I don't mean that they are making pfft-pffty noises with their mouths, I mean actually attempting to punch people in the face with their music. This quietens the nerves down in no sense whatsoever.

And, like the cherry on the cack, there's that overwhelming sense of brutal doom. Mali is screaming, the music wants to hammer your solar plexus into solar orbit and you just KNOW no-one is going to be able to save you, because these are clearly desperate men. And desperate men do desperate things, like jig up and down pathetically, before having to wee in a shop doorway.

An important lesson for us all there, I think.

Three starsDownload: Out now

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(Fraser McAlpine)

PS: If you have been traumatised by any of the themes contained within this song, why not try a soothing bath in 'After Dark' by the Count and Sinden (featuring the Mystery Jets)? It's got special tropical herbs and essences, designed to heal a wounded psyche, and essentially, it's like Good C&S has come riding in to undo all the damage Bad C&S did.

Hit The Floor says: "As you would expect from the duo this is no soppy piece of work."

Grevious Bodily Charm says: "Let You Go" is a little different from Chase & Status' usual style, but already looks set to be a massive summer hit."

It's Gutter says: "This is a massive pop-step extravaganza, not that I'm saying I don't rate it though"


  • Comment number 1.

    I've been so disappointed with this song since it was first played by Zane. I've heard it so many times and I'd pretty much written it off...

    But for some reason, over the last week, it's gradually burrowed it's way into me, and now the more I hear it, the more I love it. Tonight I've just been playing it over and over, as loud as I can.

    The 'drop' is simply immense - I mean, the beat is fairly simple which I guess is one of the reasons I wasn't sure at first, but after hearing the song many times, and turning it up as loud as reasonably possible, I've come to realise it's just perfect. I love the way the song slowly builds up to it, and it suits the sinister (ok, perhaps too sinister :P) mood of the lyrics and vocals perfectly. I'll probably be fed up of it again by next week knowing me, but for now I'll make the most of it :)


  • Comment number 2.

    The raspy, Chris Willis-esque vocals are perfect for the vibe - they sound very angry and very distressed.

    Annoyingly, this is from Chase & Status, and even though it's probably the angriest song released this year, it's very soft for the likes of them.

    That aside, I'm in agreement with kutox, it most difinitely did grow on me, and OMG WHAT A VIDEO!. A day in life in Jeremy Kyle maybe?

    4 stars.

  • Comment number 3.

    A monster of a club hit , that batters you with it's consistant melody and effect .
    This will be close to matching their number 9 success of "End Credits" with Plan B.


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