SINGLE REVIEW: Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock – Cross Me

I’m just going to say it, I don’t trust anyone that genuinely liked the Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber collaboration. It was just an easy and uninspired pop track that was made for the mass radio hysteria but didn’t actually dive deeper into their unique artistry’s. It was a basic track that was honestly just a refresh of something we have heard from both of them separately before. So to praise it, seemed a little hypocritical. But I’m intrigued to hear where Ed Sheeran’s ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ is going to sonically take him because his new single is proof that he can actually do something a little different. Teaming up with Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock, ‘Cross Me’ is a R&B flavoured pop track that hears Sheeran further exploring that genre after touching on it in songs like ‘Sing’, ‘Don’t’, ‘New Man’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. With the additional help from Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock they bring a genuine authenticity to the track and a slight edge to the way he has produced these sort of songs in the past. Interpolating an electronic sound with strong nostalgic synths, this song delivers a really slick production that is in a league of it’s own. It’s very different to what he’s done in the past whilst still managing to hold onto his key roots but that’s what makes this collaborative project so exciting. If he was to release this track on his next record it would be quite substantially different and out of place. Where as on this collaborative project, anything goes. From a first listen you will be impressed and immediately singing along to the attitude filled R&B track.