Soulful crooner Azu Yeché shares heartfelt single ‘Leave Me Now’

"It was a beautiful experience working with Jim Lawton on the production for​ this song and I believe we came up with a stripped back sound that is true to the soulful​ nature of the song but also some subtle modern touches."
26 May 2024
Photo by Bo Morgan

British-Nigerian artist Azu Yeché returns with a soul-stirring track that delves into classic soul to explore the painful ultimatum of a requited love versus or goodbye. Fans of Michael Kiwanuka, Lianne La Havas, Jordan Mackampa, or Leon Bridges will find this essential listening.

This retro-tinged slow-jam features a minimalist approach that helps lay bare its core message of truth and vulnerability.

Yeché’s smooth-as-butter vocals carry heavy yet constrained and controlled emotion as he speaks from a place of serenity and certainty:​ “if your lovin’ is ruled by someone else, leave me now, oh leave me now, if your lovin’ ain’t as strong as mine, leave me now, oh leave me now.”

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Providing further context to the backstory of this single, Yeché shares, “I wrote ‘Leave Me​ Now’ from the viewpoint of being with someone who isn’t as sure about the relationship as​ you are. You would rather end things than continue with someone who is not all in.”

His crystalline voice resonates starkly against a soundscape that alternates between silence, a hushed chorus and slow percussion and acoustic strings. The arrangement helps to convey the sense of aloneness that one can experience in a disconnected or unrequited love affair. The final quarter of the track crescendos with bitter intensity as the story seems to come to a heartbreaking final conclusion. This timeless, artfully rendered track will surely linger with many listeners afterwards.

Photo by Bo Morgan

Entirely self-written on the guitar, Yeché recorded the vocals in just one or two takes in order to capture a raw experience both in recording and listening. Finishing touches were applied in the studio with Jim Lawton, helping to enhance the warmth and subtlety of the production value. 

As Yeché says, “It was a beautiful experience working with Jim Lawton on the production for​ this song and I believe we came up with a stripped back sound that is true to the soulful​ nature of the song but also some subtle modern touches. I’ve loved performing this song live​ and I’m so happy that it is finally being released.​”

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