This morning (Jan. 6), Stormzy released a revised remix of his song “Hide & Seek,” which includes a guest appearance from the rising R&B group FLO. In addition to the production provided by the trio of Jorja Douglas, Renée Downer, PRGRSHN, P2J, Owen Cutts, and Stella Quaresma. Additionally, the mood was melancholy of the song by adding lines that speak of a rocky relationship in the lyrics:
In his surprise announcement of this brand-new release, Stormzy also revealed that FLO had won BBC’s Sound of 2023 poll, beating out competitors like Cat Burns, Nia Archives, Fred Again.., and Gabriels. According to the group’s statement released upon receiving the request, last year’s champion is also being honored in the following way.
“The BBC Sound Of 2023 has given us a sense of history that makes us feel so connected to the roots of British music. I am especially proud of our lead singer Pink Pantheress… Thanks to everyone who cast a vote for us and helped put girl groups back on the map. Having our musical talent acknowledged as well as others believing in our vision drives us to push ourselves further this year in order to achieve our goals.”
In its original form, “Hide & Seek” was released in April 2012 as the lead single from Stormzy’s third studio album, titled This Is What I Mean, which was compiled of twelve tracks featuring collaborations with India.Arie, Sampha, Amaarae, Jacob Collier, Ms. Banks, Black Sherif, and more. He has reached No. 1 on the U.K Albums Chart for the third consecutive year thanks to the release of his latest project.