Ellie Goulding has edged ahead of fellow ‘quirky-voiced’ yelper Diana Vickers in the ‘Will They Ever Actually Release A Second Album’ contest by making a new song available to download. FOR FREE! ‘Hanging On’ is a cover by Active Child (us neither, but Wikipedia says they’ve had “substantial reviews”, whatever that means) and features an obligatory guest rap from Tinie Tempah, with whom she previously collaborated on ‘Wonderman’.
The opening has a random mish-mash of backwards words and assorted “OH!” noises in the same vein as ‘Starry Eyed’, and whilst the production starts off sounding a bit Florence + The Machine it soon descends into a dark, electronic stereo-hogger brilliantly at odds with Ellie’s high-gliding soprano vocals. We can’t see it making great waves as a proper single, but as a free download and a teaser of what we can expect from the upcoming album, it’s a real treat. What do you reckon – Download or Ditch?