U.K. R&B export Daley has returned with a new offering, “Until the Pain is Gone” featuring Jill Scott, and it’s premiering exclusively on Billboard.
Daley emerged in 2011 as an artist with his own form of soul-stirring, forward-thinking alternative R&B with his debut EP Those Who Wait. He also garnered attention for his collaboration with Gorillaz for their song “Doncamatic.” The Manchester native broke through in the U.S. market in 2014 with the sweet and enduring “Alone Together” featuring the talented vocalist Marsha Ambrosius.
The British crooner, who has collaborated and toured with the likes of Maxwell, Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Emeli Sande and Jessie J, began writing the song at the end of 2015. The singer tells Billboard, “Sometimes I’ll start a song and I’ll come back to it six months later and actually finish it. So this is one I started and lived with for a while. And then I came back to it.”
The song hits close to home for Daley, who admits, “The song kind of came out of frustration I was feeling in a relationship. The situation was going nowhere because we both weren’t really fully able to admit how we felt about each other and just be honest. And that situation didn’t really work out, but for the purposes of writing this song, I just kind of gave it a happy ending and idealized it a little bit.”
While writing the song, the singer felt Jill Scott, whom he’d met two years prior in London, would be the perfect collaborator on the record. “When I was in the studio writing the song, I just had a feeling, and I kept hearing Jill’s voice in the mix when I was writing. It was kind of strange, almost like it was asking for her energy.”
Though he has worked with most of his favorite artists, he hails Chaka Khan as a powerhouse vocalist he would like to one day collaborate with in the future. “She’s one of my all-time favorite singers, vocalists. That would just be on the bucket list for sure.”
Go on and on ’till the break of dawn with the smooth jam below: