Hopelessly Coping

Album: Single release only (2015)
Charted: 49

Songfacts®:

  • This track features vocals from Thabo who is a singer-songwriter from the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. Thabo has also worked with Professor Green ("Not Your Man"), Idris Elba ("Hold On") and Naughty Boy ("Never Be The Same").
  • Wilkinson had always loved Thabo's vocal, but he found himself tearing his hair out trying to get the groove and mixdown right. "It nearly killed me!" Wilkinson laughed to UKF. "I knew the feel I wanted in the tune but just couldn't do it. I started writing this in December 2013. Probably before that actually because I first played it Rhythm & Vines festival in New Zealand on NYE 2013."

    "I wrote three different versions of the song," he continued. "I took everything out rebuilt it. Like fitting a house, I guess. Stripped it all out, started again and wrote a whole new tune. Three times. It started to make me realise the elements I actually liked. When you're too deep into a track you don't realise which components are really working. So stripping it back and adding them back in gradually made me realise the key points that I like. I played with the structure and went in deeper for the more chilled, liquid roller vibe that it is today."

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