This song was the result of Bombay Bicycle Club vocalist and chief songwriter Jack Steadman having his own studio for the first time. "For the first time, I had my open space in London which meant I could make music at any time of the day and night," he told The Sun. "In the past I've had parents or flatmates to consider so I couldn't make music at three in morning – a shame as I find that time very inspiring."
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.