28 November 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Fresh off the back of incredible years for both acts – BRIT and Grammy Award nominated artist, producer, DJ and songwriter Jax Jones has partnered with Years & Years to deliver “Play”, a colossal hit single in waiting, out today via Polydor/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Listen to “Play” HERE.
Having previously worked with some of the most exciting emerging talent and tastemakers, as well as the world’s hottest artists like Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don, Rich The Kid, Mabel, Raye and more, Jax continues to choose collaborators which set him apart from the current crop of dance hit-makers.
As number one in British dance exports and one of the world’s most sought-after producers, Jax has achieved what most artists can only dream of. As well as being one of the few Brits to be included in the Billboard Dance 100 2018 - alongside the likes of Diplo, Marshmello and David Guetta, Jax has had BRIT and Grammy nominations and is in the top 100 most streamed artists in the world having accumulated over 2.5 billion streams. He’s sold over 15 Million singles and accumulated over 600 Million YouTube views. The first Number One Jax Jones wrote and produced, “I Got U”, was a collaboration with Duke Dumont, while his recent chart-dominating cuts have seen him working with a plethora of diverse talents with countless others waiting in the wings.
On the creation of “Play”, Jax commented: “Olly’s got one of those unique voices - he commands your attention as soon as you hear him sing - he’s a compelling artist. We had a lot of fun writing this song together and it was great to collaborate with someone so down to earth and open to new ideas. After we had written the song I started building a track with a strong UK Garage influence, as well as my love of soul and house.”
A band intuitively connected to great homespun British pop classicism, Years & Years’ latest album Palo Santo confirms their ascension to the world stage. The album, out now, is led by the smash hit single “If You’re Over Me”, which currently sits at an impressive 200 million streams globally and has gone Platinum in the UK with over 600,000 sales. On Palo Santo, and indeed in their highly celebrated live show, Years & Years’ impact on pop feels truly tribal, one in which the minority is always the majority, and everyone is welcome.
Speaking of the collaboration, Olly commented: "Working with Jax was really fun and we just giggled the whole time and danced around. I wrote loads of ideas and then we picked the ones we liked and made the song out of it. I love dance music because it makes me feel invincible, but it has tension in the lyrics, so I tried to create a bit of that - like how long till you play me the damn song! I liked the idea of a track that could make you fall in love. You’re so obsessed with hearing it that it’s like you’ve been hypnotized - I wanna hear that song!”
To wrap up what’s been a monumental 2018 for both acts, Jax has announced his biggest ever UK headline show at London’s Roundhouse on April 6. He will also cap off his recent sold-out UK tour by supporting Ellie Goulding on December 20th at London’s SSE Arena in aid of the Streets Of London charity with Years & Years who are currently in the middle of their world tour, embarking on their biggest ever UK leg to date, including a night at London’s O2 Arena.
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