Not content with his 2021 BRIT Award nomination for Best British Single a collaborative effort with RAYE on “Secrets.” The Kosovan DJ and producer Regard, who is not so incidentally held in high regard (see what I did there?) for his deep-house stylings. Has opted for a shift in sonics when bringing on board the much sought after vocalists Troye Sivan and Tate McRae for his new cut “You.” Troye having recently experimented with sonics and softer stylings himself on his “In A Dream” EP and track “Take Yourself Home” is therefore not such a big shock announcement that he should turn up as a vocal, lead on this emotive, electro-dance-pop banger. Tate McRae whose style is soothing anyways, and has, on the other hand, risen, through the ranks of sad pop. Steps in as a standout choice of vocal companion. And as such, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Troye and Tate’s silky harmonies plant them in their own, dreamy, sonic universe.
If being honest, “You” seems to have been tailor-made Troye Sivan. In as much as the production of the track goes, Regard has stepped right into Troye’s sonic pop realm. I could easily and wrongfully assume Troye had linked up with his “In A Dream” producer, the Swede Oscar Görres again. Regard has really changed his melodic production values for “You.” It is good to see some diversity in his musical stylings. As helps with keeping things fresh.
Emotiveness is what links these three artists together. Regard admits to always striving to write with lyrical and emotive depth in mind. Tate and Troye are both the kind of lyrical, singer-songwriter pop artists who thrive on being authentic and upfront. For “You” they detail their struggles with being dumped without being given an explanation why they have been brushed aside. Evidently, there were no clues that this fate was looming for them. They are attempting to rebuild but are inhabited by old feelings, that keep catching them off-guard. These are vibes Tate and Troye work well in and now Regard can also doddle a new tick box onto his musical CV because of coming through with sensitive, sonically alluring “You.”