International stars cross oceans for their fans, cross continents to work with other artists, and generally live a rather worldly lifestyle. There’s something about that in Martin Garrix and Khalid‘s collaboration “Ocean,” and while it takes the lyrical standard pop love story, we like to think it could be a dedication to fans just the same.
It’s a heartfelt ballad perfectly suited for Khalid’s soulful range. He gives us alto richness and falsetto tenderness over the slow burn beat Garrix cooked. It’s all dark blues and rainy days. Put this on when you’re missing the one you love, feeling the distance but realizing it can’t tear you apart.
It’s been a long wait for “Ocean. Khalid first told Billboard about his Garrix collab during an interview before the Billboard Music Awards. “Ocean” is out now on Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS. Listen to it below.