listen: zayn malik teams up with snakehips on new track, cruel

Get ready for the soundtrack to your summer.

by i-D Staff
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15 July 2016, 11:33pm

Salutations Zayn fans, we have some very good news for you. The dreamy pop hunk has teamed up with hot music producer duo Snakehips on a brand new track called Cruel. While Zayn needs no introduction, you might care to know a bit about the UK producers' track record. Not only did their most recent EP feature Dr Dre Protégé Anderson .Paak and US rapper Tory Lanez, the duo were also responsible for the 2015 top 5 hit, All My Friends, which featured both Chance The Rapper and Tinashe. Oh and they also won an Ivor Novello for it. #casual.

But enough about them, what about the song?! Sure to be the smash hit of the summer, Zayn's soulful vocals meld perfectly with Snakehips' reworked new jack swing inspired RnB. "We heard that Zayn was down to work with us a little while ago," Snakehips told i-D, "And we had this track Cruel we'd been working on with our writing partner Cass Lowe. We thought it'd work really dope with Zayn singing it so we just got the idea over to him. He totally killed it and added his own vibe to track, it all came together real nice. Was super cool to work with him, and a really dope thing to be a part of." The hips don't lie.

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