Jorja Smith | The One


We can't get enough of Jorja Smith. At only 21 years old, the English singer has already appeared on tracks with Drake, Kali Uchis and Stormzy and just released her debut album in April 2018, Lost & Found. The album reflects themes of self-discovery and relationship and Smith narrates her questions and thoughts with such grace and maturity. The sixth track on Lost & Found, The One, is our favorite track on the album, mainly for the climactic string arrangement.

A string intro begins the track, drawing the curtain and pointing the spotlight on Smith's soulful voice. As the song progresses, a laid back yet prominent beat pulses beneath Smith's vocal line and rich string arrangement, which shines in the latter half of the song. The layered violin line is made solely of glissandos moving in opposite directions, as if two strong voices are both trying to be heard in conversation. Perhaps string arranger, Nitin Sawhney, composed the part representing the conflict Smith sings about in her lyrics, "Even if I feel this way / I don't wanna feel this way." 

String arranging credits go to Nitin Sawhney and recording credits go to Anna Phoebe on violin.


Photograph: Rashid Babiker