Despite its name, "Layback" is more energetic than you might expect. Juddery vocal samples shudder behind classy clicks and late-night lounge keys. West Coast hip-hop synths pierce the soulful smog, and Kwabs' platinum-clad vocals follow swiftly afterwards, demonstrating yet again that he's got one of most powerful, emotive throats in U.K. pop music. Produced with longtime collaborator Dave Okumu, the track first emerged from Kwabs' fingertips a while ago, but with this new version we see it in a whole 'nother light.

As well as Okumu, Kwabs has revisited old pal SOHN on upcoming LP Love + War.

Speaking to us about the new track, Kwabs says: "Thanks to The Line of Best Fit for premiering 'Layback'. It's a new version of one of the first songs I ever wrote, produced by someone I hold very dear, Dave Okumu. I'm so happy that it has a home on this album."

Kwabs long-awaited debut LP Love + War will now be released on 11 September via Atlantic.

Steam "Layback" below, and check out Kwabs' upcoming U.K. shows afterwards.


11 - Manchester Academy 2
12 - Birmingham Institute
13 - Oxford Academy
16 - Brighton Concorde 2
17 - London Roundhouse
19 - Bristol Anson Rooms