Born Stranger x ADAL – Like I Mean It
UK electronic pop artists Born Stranger and ADAL have teamed up to deliver their collaborative new single, “Like I Mean It”.
“Like I Mean It” was premiered by UK fashion, music and arts publication, ROUGH who state the two artists “fuse the tropical energy of house with their distinct sounds for a tasty pre-summer hit,” forging a fresh direction in both of their sounds by teaming up.
Initially a duo, 2018 saw the superlative pop act Born Stranger be solely defined by David Maddox-Jones, who took the reins solo. With his soulful vocal, stellar songwriting prowess, and a sound characterized by an irrefutably infectious groove, Maddox continues to push his musical boundaries with his forward-thinking vision of pop mastery.
“Born Stranger is an artist of rare talent, becoming somewhat of a pop chameleon in recent times, hopping from one style to another without shirking an ounce of his sophisticated aesthetic.” – ROUGH
Signing to Radikal Records last summer, Born Stranger returns once again to stake his claim as a pop powerhouse, following up his 2018 single, Last Night on Earth and his cover of the classic The Beloved track, Sweet Harmony early this year.
Working closely with future pop artist ADAL, they forge a refreshing and mutual sonic depth that compliments each other’s strengths and pulls influence from a mutual love for Rüfüs Du Sol and brings attention to the pretense and toxicity of modern culture.
Speaking to the motivation behind Like I Mean It, Born Stranger shares:
“The song is about being honest in a dishonest world. We are constantly encouraged to paint the ideal picture of our lives – to put everything through a filter and pretend we are having an amazing time nonstop – that’s not reality, it’s time to get real.”
Drawing inspiration from pop heavyweights across the musical spectrum; Chic, Depeche Mode right through to The Weeknd & Maroon 5, Born Stranger has a clear grasp on what makes a spectacular song. His passion and expertise are catching ears the world over, with continued radio play from the likes of BBC Introducing and XFM, and support from The Independent and tastemakers CLASH Magazine and EARMILK. The appeal continues into his streaming performance with hundreds of thousands of hits across a multitude of releases, and appearances on multiple coveted Spotify curated playlists.