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Kygo "Raging" Review: James Bay Co-Written Single Tabs Kodaline Ahead Of 'Cloud Nine'

By Ryan Middleton ryan.middleton@musictimes.com | Apr 01, 2016 01:38 PM EDT

In what may appear to be an April Fool's Joke, Kygo, the Norwegian producer and DJ largely responsible for many of the soothing and soft tropical house jams like "Stole The Show" and "Firestone" has now unveiled a James Bay-co-written track titled "Raging" featuring Irish rock band Kodaline. from his upcoming album Cloud Nine

Unlike what the title would suggest on first glance, "Raging" is a soft, guitar driven, tropical house tune that has a more organic feel than a lot of his past works. The guitar from Kodaline dominates the build next to Steve Garrigan's vocal about a fiery relationship, before giving way to Kygo production of piano, soft and steady percussion and the ever familiar tropical house notes that fans have come to know the producer for.

Instead of raging that one normally might think with partying or anger, the term refers to a couple's love that is raging with passion. As Garrigan says in the hook, "Call me anytime you can see the lightning / Don't you be alone, you can always find me / We've got our wild love raging, raging / Lost among a million changing faces / Every day our eyes keep trading places / We've got our wild love raging, raging."

James Bay's presence can be felt a little bit in the guitar and some of the songwriting, but at the end of the day this does have the feel of a quintessential Kygo track. Like his previous single "Fragile" it is a move towards a less formulaic feel that many of his songs were starting to fit into and a greater emphasis on songwriting with stronger

"Raging" is the latest single to emerge from Kygo's upcoming album Cloud Nine that will be released on May 13.

Pick up a copy of "Raging" on iTunes.

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