With a voice as beautiful as her eyes, Ellie Goulding’s sweet sounds have returned with a heart-melting cover of Hanging On by Active Child. The somber tune was one of the most touching tunes on last year’s You Are All I See LP, so it’s great to see a huge name like Ellie draw so much attention to it. Tom Krell of the UK band How To Dress Well helped write and sing the original; his vocals powerfully drive home the pain of a relationship falling part.
It’s not any easy feat to cover the original’s profoundly deep message, but Ellie Goulding truly captured its spirit and made her own masterpiece, her voice carrying a sincere emotion that gives me goosebumps every time I hit repeat. Joining Ellie again for this collab is one of London’s biggest rappers Tinie Tempah, who comes in on the second half of the track and delivers the song’s message from a male perspective. You can download Hanging On for free/pay what you want here.