Ellie Goulding returns with new single, “Close to Me”

Assisted by Diplo and Swae Lee.

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is back with a brand-new bop called “Close to Me,” produced by Diplo and featuring Rae Sremmurd rapper Swae Lee. Together, they help the “Love Me Like You Do” hitmaker give her pop sound a hip hop twist.

The track kicks open with a cruisy acoustic strum as Goulding sings in her unmistakable voice, “Even though we know that we’re both liars / And we start each other’s fires / We both know that we’ll be alright.”

At the chorus, her voice soars. “I don’t want to be somebody without your body / Close to me” is an instant hook that’ll be stuck in your head from the first listen. Swae Lee’s verse is a great match for the vibe of the track, which has Diplo’s production magic all over it.

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It’s been three years since Goulding’s last album, Delirium. If “Close to Me” is any indication, her new LP will be worth the wait.

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