After taking a year hiatus while he travelled the world and wrote new material Ed Sheeran hasn’t wasted any further time by giving his fans new music in 2017. Instead of releasing just one lead single he has released two to say thank you to the fans for being patient while he had some rest time. The first of these releases is the vibey “Shape Of You”. I was half expecting one of the promo singles to be a stripped back guitar ballad but I was wrong. Sampling a beat similar to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” he delivers a track that could be described as an updated version of Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita”. Usually I wouldn’t compare Ed Sheeran’s music to anyone else because he has a pretty unique sound but these new tracks are very different for him and go towards a more experimental approach. The production is bold and with each listen it further grows and grows on the listener. His vocal delivery is still the same half singing half rapping chilled vibe that you have come to know and love and I’m glad he hasn’t completely disregarded his roots. His lyrics are still vivid and honest, painting a storyline of the lust and feelings of meeting someone for the first time. “And last night you were in my room and now my bedsheets smell like you. Every day discovering something brand new, I’m in love with your body”. At a first listen you may be unsure on how you feel about the direction of the sound he is going towards but I promise you after a few listens it will grow on you and you will be praising this quirky and great track.