The wait for Liam Payne’s solo music is officially over and we have to admit, the tune he made his debut with was worth the months of hearing ‘new music is coming soon’ and gathering an entirely new definition of the word. Liam wanted to make sure his solo debut sounded right and came at the right time for him. After years of being on someone else’s schedule, it was something well deserved.
Fans learned, just days ago, that his song would be titled ‘Strip That Down’ and in interviews we’ve learned that Ed Sheeran helped write the tune and that Quavo would be featured on it. He teased fans with a snippet of the tune in a tweet.
Some fans were able to hear the tune early when they won access to listening parties and radio interviews, but they remained tight-lipped about the song. All we knew was that it was going to be a banger, and they weren’t wrong.
Strip That Down is the kind of song you’ll hear on the radio and at festivals and clubs all summer. You can’t hear the song without dancing, and it’s something that gets stuck in your head but you won’t mind it a bit.
You know, I’ve been taking some time
And I’ve been keeping to myself
I had my eyes up on the prize
Ain’t watching anybody else
But your love, it hit me hard, girl
Yeah, you’re bad for my health
I love the cards, that I’ve been dealt
Do you feel the same as well?
[Pre-Chorus: Liam Payne & Quavo]
You know, I used to be in 1D (now I’m out, free)
People want me for one thing (that’s not me)
I’m not changing, the way, that I (used to be)
I just wanna have fun (and get rowdy)
One Coke and Bacardi (sippin’ lightly)
When I walk inside the party (girls on me)
F1 type Ferrari (6 gear speed)
Girl, I love it when your body (grinds on me)
The song is definitely the genre fans were anticipating, but it’s a bigger smash than most people will be expecting. With their solo ventures, the guys of One Direction are proving that they’re a lot more than that ‘bubble gum’ pop image that was marketed. Fans of the band knew this a few albums ago, but their radio hits were still fit to draw in a certain target audience.
We’re glad they’re taking the time to explore music the way that they want to, and it’ll make for some incredible sounds when they reunite later on!
Oh, and on top of the single, Liam dropped a lyric video for the song too – you can see that here.
Congrats Liam, we love the tune.