The Billboard Hot 100 hit song takes on new vivacity in the band’s very capable hands, whose last album, I like it when you sleep…, was released early last year.
With a slightly warped Auto-Tune over Healy’s signature vocals, he croons, “You think I’d leave your side, baby/ You know me better than that/ You think I’d leave you down when you’re down on your knees.” The emotive sentiment of the track still shines through despite the aural alterations.
Sonically, the intermittent saxophone and keys blend seamlessly, and the slow tempo — echoing the original — gives the instrumentals an electronic take on an ’80s R&B vibe.
“When I was listening to it I was listening to it with this real kind of sense of modernity thinking, ‘Wow this is still really, really forward-thinking,’” said Healy. “So me and George [Daniel] kind of couldn’t help ourselves. And then when we were going to do a gig for War Child, the idea of it being for charity meant the sentiment of the song took on a whole different meaning and it felt kind of perfect.”
War Child is a U.K. charity that offers aid and protection to children being affected by war. Listen to The 1975 cover Sade’s “By Your Side” below: