This week Little Mix released their latest single, Power, from their latest album Glory Days. I am so glad that they choose this song to be the next single as it is one of my personal favourites from the album. However, rather than releasing the original version, Little Mix have teamed up with grime artist Stormzy for a new version of the song, which subsequently caused quite a debate.
The original version of the song doesn't need a feature because it doesn't feel like there is anything missing from it, however I believe Stormzy actually works really well on it. The two contrasting genres of music combined into one song is something that is hardly ever done, and raises the bar for future memorable collaborations between artists.
Some people on the other hand are not happy about this team up as they argue that the song is based on (and is about female empowerment), meaning that it shouldn't have a male feature. Little Mix are so incredibly powerful and strong in their own right, so they arguably don't actually need a feature in order to prove their power to the public.
I had seen a number of tweets and arguments on Twitter about this, so I decided to a run a poll to see what everyones' thoughts were, and the result was very similar to what I said.
The first question asked was, Do you prefer 'Power' with or without a feature? This poll got a huge 735 votes, with only 25% voting that they prefer Power with a feature, while 75% voted that they prefer it without. Overall I agree with this result because Power was great on its own and it didn't need a feature to make it any better/more appealing.
The second question I asked was, Does Little Mix feat. Stormzy work? Out of 650 votes, 60% voted saying that it does work, while 40% said that it doesn't. This result was a lot closer than the previous poll, clearly showing how divided people are about this, however once again I agree with the result. While the song didn't need a feature, the rare collaboration between pop and grime music is surprisingly a match made in heaven. You hardly ever (if at all) see these two genres mix together with a collaboration, so it's very refreshing seeing and hearing something that is so extraordinary and new.
Putting the song to one side, I love this collaboration because it successfully bought two unlikely worlds together, and I hope that this is the start of many more unique partnerships!
Overall, the song was perfect originally, however also Stormzy works brilliantly as a feature.
See below the responses on Twitter: