Taking inspiration from the likes of Isaac Hayes and Lonnie Liston Smith, ‘Piggyback’ is up-tempo and simmering from the off, with synth strings building tension in the intro alongside a menacing guitar riff and haunting brass stabs. ‘Piggyback’ is a social commentary on the idea that we all become more successful only by associating with people higher up the ladder than ourselves. The cynicism in Nick’s lyrics is tongue-in-cheek, which is evident when he professes “I can’t pretend I would not jump on if I could…” As was the case with previous single ‘Deeper In Love’, Nick is supported by a stellar line-up of musicians on ‘Piggyback’ including Mick Talbot on Hammond and Wurlitzer and the dream team horn section of Tom White (Labrinth) and Paul Jordanous (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man).
Recorded at Ernie McKone’s Boogie Back studio in North London, ‘Deeper In Love’ sees Corbin return to his soulful roots, drawing influences from the likes of Al Green, Syl Johnson and Leroy Hutson to create a smooth groove helped along by some stunning horns and backing vocals.
Speaking about the song Nick says, “Lyrically it was partly inspired by John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’ – I wanted to write a love song about how challenging times can bring people closer together. The last year or so has really tested a lot of relationships and I felt it was important to have light and shade.”
With some expert musicianship already on show from Corbin’s regular backing band, ‘Deeper In Love’ is bolstered by the addition of Paul Jordanous (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man) on trumpet, Tom White (Labrinth) on trombone and the legendary Mick Talbot on Hammond and Wurlitzer.
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