by: Ross Goldenberg
Aug 10, 2023
It’s only August but is it too soon to close the track of the year conversation? Maybe, maybe not. In the middle of Lane 8’s Forest Hills set this past June, there was an ID just before “La Niña” that left the entire stadium in complete awe. Considering the lack of phones, Lane 8 had the crowd’s full attention as he played a gem of an ID that had minds running as to who it could belong to. And those that either saw Le Youth’s EDC Las Vegas set in person or the Instagram post he shared shortly after had already been aware of an ID that was credited to him. A few weeks later and just about everyone became introduced to what had been called ID10 from Lane 8’s “Summer 2023 Mixtape.” But when Le Youth shared the tracklist for About Us—his sophomore album that’s due on September 29—it was formally revealed that “I Will Leave a Light On” was actually together with the This Never Happened boss as well as Jyll. And it’s now here as Le Youth’s second album single to follow “Like You Did.”
The only way that seeing Le Youth and Lane 8’s names on the same title could be described is “overdue.” The two have been swapping remixes dating all the way back to 2013, putting their own spin on each other’s tracks like “C O O L,” “The Rope,” and “I’ll Wait.” And their first-ever proper collaboration epitomizes what makes both Le Youth and Lane 8 two undisputed kings of melodic house. But that isn’t where the perfection of “I Will Leave a Light On” starts and stops, with Jyll also joining the mix for a goosebump-inducing, emotion-drenched vocal that ties a bow around the second About Us single after it’d become one of the most talked-about IDs—especially from Dancing Astronaut—these past two months. And while the decision behind which release from 2023 will ultimately crowned this coming December will have to wait a little longer, there isn’t an ounce of doubt that “I Will Leave a Light On” will be a part of whatever debate ensues. Stream an outright masterpiece from Le Youth, Lane 8, and Jyll below.
For anyone wondering what that masterpiece of an ID was before La Niña, it’s a @leyouth ID
— Dancing Astronaut (@dancingastro) June 4, 2023
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