Latch (song)

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"Latch"
Disclosure - Latch (feat. Sam Smith).png
Single by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
from the album Settle
B-side T. Williams Club Edit (12")
Released 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08)
Format
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 4:16
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Disclosure
Disclosure singles chronology
"Boiling"
(2012)
"Latch"
(2012)
"White Noise"
(2013)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Latch"
(2012)
"Lay Me Down"
(2013)

"Latch" is a song by English garage-house duo Disclosure. It features the vocals from English singer and songwriter Sam Smith. It was released as a digital download on 8 October 2012, by PMR Records. The lead single from their debut studio album, Settle (2013), the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 26 and has peaked at number 11.[1] In the United States, "Latch" was a sleeper hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014.

Background and composition[edit]

Originally, Disclosure thought that "Latch" was "too weird for the radio and not clubby enough for the clubs" because of its time signature. "It’s in 6/8 time — not even 4/4, the more commonly used time signature for house music." When first hearing Sam Smith's voice, Guy and Howard thought he was a woman and later were "amazed" that he was not.[2]

Howard has stated that Disclosure is "trying to bring some soul into the songwriting... using jazz chords and interesting melodies instead of boring, stabby EDM triads."[3] According to the sheet music published at MusicNotes.com, "Latch" is composed in the key of F minor with a tempo of 122 beats per minute.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Michael Cragg of The Guardian wrote of the song: "it's a slowly unravelling ode to the thrill of wanting to figuratively (and possibly literally) latch on to someone else."[5] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times viewed the track as one of the duo's "least characteristic" songs, describing it as "less relaxed, more ambitious, more blatantly pop-oriented, with full-bodied vocals".[6] Jamieson Cox lauded the song in The Verge: "Latch" is a "song that remains this decade’s prototypical piece of dance-pop. There’s no such thing as a perfect song, but 'Latch' comes close: it’s economic, beguiling, and precise."[7]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Latch" was first released onto YouTube on 9 October 2012, with a run time of 04:17.[8] The video short was directed by Ross McDowell and Ben Murray of London's Bullion Collective, and features scenes of several couples flirting and embracing.[9][10] One of the couples is home inside an apartment, another meet in a crowded elevator and begin to kiss once the others on the elevator have left and the third couple is two young women who meet in a bar. Sam Smith does not appear in the video.

As of 4 December 2016, the video has more than 200 million views on YouTube.

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[11]
  1. "Latch" (featuring Sam Smith) – 4:16
  • Digital remixes[12]
  1. "Latch" (T. Williams Club Remix) – 4:07
  2. "Latch" (Jamie Jones Remix) – 6:31
  1. "Latch" (featuring Sam Smith) – 4:16
  2. "Latch" (T. Williams Club Edit) – 4:07
  1. "Latch" (Acoustic) – 3:43

Charts and certifications[edit]

Commercial performance and airplay[edit]

On 10 October 2012, Greg James announced that "Latch" was at number 39 on The Official Chart Update,[15] officially entering the UK Singles Chart at number 26 on 14 October 2012, climbing 13 places during the course of the week. In its second week, the song climbed nine places to number 17 and in its third climbed five places to number 12; it eventually peaked at number 11 in its fourth week. The song spent a total of 15 weeks within the top 40 and 32 weeks within the top 75. The song has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone, with it being certified Platinum by the BPI. This puts "Latch" among the best-selling singles to not reach the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. The single was also certified Gold by the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.[16]

In 2014, "Latch" became a sleeper hit in the United States. The song was released as their debut single in the United States on 4 February 2014.[17] On the chart dated 2 August, it topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart during its 47th week on the chart, marking the longest trip to the summit of that chart (where it remained through the chart dated 30 August). Having sold 990,000 units at the mid-way point of 2014, "Latch" reigned as one of the top-selling Dance/Electronic Songs according to Nielsen SoundScan.[18] The song became a contemporary hit radio crossover-hit. It was the duo's first, and Smith's second, top 10 single at pop, adult pop, rhythmic, urban and urban AC radio in the US, peaking at numbers 3, 10, 3 and 9 respectively. On the chart dated 9 August, "Latch" peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08)[66] Digital download PMR
United States 4 February 2014 (2014-02-04)[17] Mainstream radio
11 March 2014 (2014-03-11)[67] Rhythmic contemporary

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