Tomas Barfod, Family (feat. Jonas Smith).

Having previously collaborated with the likes of Lydia Ainsworth, Gruff Rhys and Luke Temple, Danish producer Tomas Barfod has since teamed up with compatriot Jonas Smith – best known as the lead vocalist of the inimitable Blaue Blume – for the quicksilver, cinematic Family. Lifted from his forthcoming Paloma full-length, perhaps improbably, Smith’s yenning falsetto provides the perfect foil for Barfod’s subtly impactive electro-pop, the former’s muddled, typically histrionic rumination on keeping an acquaintance capable of causing him to “become someone I don’t want to be” close “no matter what” quite wonderfully offset by the latter’s scintillating guitars, pulsating synths, et cetera. And thusly, a relatively unlikely coupling spawns a true beauty.

Paloma is available from November 3rd via Friends of Friends.