There were some who were disbelieving.
@EllisKarran Sorry mate it was April fools last week
— LIAM JONES (@liam_jones09) April 7, 2017
There were some who were… critical.
that jake bugg n tinie tempah song sounds worse than a could ever have imagined, absolutely reekin
— gem🌷🤘🏼 (@smithilar) April 7, 2017
There were some who were scathing.
Jake Bugg's done a song with Tinie Tempah – looks like he's accepted that his career is over
— Daniel Carey (@DanielisntLairy) April 7, 2017
And there were some who were
I just listened to Tinie Tempah's song with Jake Bugg expecting my ears to bleed, but it was actually good
— ♨ (@_Sonaism) April 7, 2017
You probably can guess my feelings on ‘Find Me.’ It’s the newest single from Tinie Tempah’s new album Youth, the title of which has a definite irony to it as, judging by its numerous delays, we’ll most likely be very old by the time we get to hear it.
As a composition, ‘Find Me’ is two pretty meh songs mashed together into one of the most bizarre and frankly terrible things to come out of 2017 so far. Each section is ridiculously repetitive and unimaginative – you’ve either got longing violins behind Bugg’s frankly dull “You’re gonna find me” croaks or what seems to be an accordion (‽) playing the same four notes over and over again to accompany Tempah’s rappy bit. Neither part is an escape from the other, and if you listen to it too many times – as I have done to write this review – you will feel like you’re going slightly insane.
Unlike Tempah’s most recent chart-bothering offering, where featured artist Tinashe is a saving grace on ‘Text From Your Ex,’ Bugg has no place on a Tinie Tempah track. His hits ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers’ are a simultaneously gritty and jivy joy for indie lovers, whereas Tempah’s niche is loud and large-scale pop bangers like ‘Not Letting Go’ and ‘Wonderman.’ We’d all be better off forgetting they ever agreed to collaborate on such a terrible record. Listen at your own peril.
‘Find Me’ is out now via Disturbing London and Parlophone