Phantom Runners – First Time (feat. Brooke Bailey)

You might already know London future-pop producer ADAL (real name, Adam Al-Hilali) under his other moniker, Phantom Runners. He creates a sound that draws inspiration from ’80s pop music and contemporary R&B and his latest offering, First Time, which was co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), it’s the perfect example of that. A synth-tainted melody, bejeweled with a silky funk-ish guitar, thumping electronic beat and the shimmering vocals of Brooke Bailey. It reminds me of Blood Orange and for me, it’s simply the perfect song at the perfect time: I’ve just ended up to binge-watch Stranger Things and I’m defo into the Eighties mood.

Speaking on the track, ADAL said: “First Time is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush.