Paolo James wowed me several months back with his debut single “Smooth,” so when I learned about him releasing another new tune earlier this week, I had to make sure it stayed on my radar. Now that “Stay With Me” is available on all digital platforms, you can take a listen for yourself right here on the blog.
“Stay With Me” feels substantially more upbeat than “Smooth,” a track I characterized as a bit of a slow-burner when I first heard it back in April. Instead, James opts for a hard-hitting groove laden with guitar and saxophone—it’s a fun sound that actually pairs quite well with the song’s theme, rooted in that feeling of wanting someone. That’s not the only combination that works surprisingly well though: the same can be said of the song’s bridge, where a guest spot from Queens rapper JAN. II complements James’ own R&B vocal stylings. If you like it as much as I do, be sure you stream and download it wherever you get your music on demand.