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Stormzy’s Take On “Ultralight Beam” Is So Beautiful

Friday mornings always provide an interesting talking point in Australia when artists grace the Triple J studios for Like A Version, but sometimes the Brits just take things to another level.

UK grime master and Listen Out Festival no-show Stormzy was always going to put on a great show for listeners and viewers, and when you get one of the best rappers around taking on one of the biggest songs from the genre ever, the angelic Ultralight Beam by the little-known team of Kanye West and Chance The Rapper, the result is always going to be memorable.

Opening with a light shower of piano and cymbals, the rapper added fresh flavour to the song with a new verse of his own, while his sizeable house band, including three backing singers, lay the scene with beautiful atmospherics and a really engaging new take on the Life of Pablo standout. Watch the full performance below.

The rapper’s appearance on BBC was the perfect taster for what is set to be a big year ahead for the rapper. Just 2 weeks ago mysterious billboards began to appear all over London with his lyrics “Ain’t dropped nothing for a minute. I’m fine” amongst others, all accompanied by the signature hashtag #MERKY, as well as #GSAP and 24:02, no doubt referring to February 24th. It’s since been revealed that the MC will be releasing his new record Gang Signs and Prayer at the end of next week, and we couldn’t be more excited.

With all signs pointing to a forthcoming tour off the back of the record, we’re all crossing our fingers for a rescheduled Australian tour in the near future. Until then, at least we have some new, crisp live recordings to indulge in.

Image: Pigeons & Planes