“Strip That Down”
May 19, 2017
Morris Dickerson, Charles William Miller, Le Roy Lonnie Jordan, Orville Burrell, Lee Oskar, Shaun Pizzonia, Sylvester Allen, Rickardo Ducent, Harold Ray Brown, Brian Thompson, Howard E. Scott, Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran, Quavo & Liam Payne
Lyrically, the song contains themes of wealth, celebrity appeal, sexuality and newfound career independence.
Strip That Down is a trap influenced R&B pop track. Payne raps and sings over "pulsating" synth-bass and chants with minimalist production style.
Liam told SiriusXM in May, how "Strip That Down" was the result of a spontaneous recording session, stating: "I was in LA. I got a call, they were like "Ed Sheeran's in the studio writing this song. It's for you so come down and listen. I was straight in. I went in with Steve Mac and within 30 minutes we'd finished it off". Liam explained the lyric "I used to be in 1D/Now I'm out free" to Ryan Seacrest, stating: "That's never to be taken in a negative sense! It's more that we're all free now to do our own thing in music and each have our own musical journey just to see where it takes us, and it's exciting".
Upon release, Strip That Down went to #1 on iTunes in the United States, and went top ten worldwide.
Strip That Down debuted at #3 in the United Kingdom, making One Direction the first band since The Beatles to have every member score a top ten hit. It also debuted within the top 20 in most countries, peaking at #2 in Australia, #3 in Scotland and #5 in Ireland. It rose to a peak of #28 in the United States after a promotional tour. On June 16, 2017, bpi confirmed Strip That Down had been certified Silver, giving him his first solo bpi award.
Rolling Stone called Strip That Down a "summer club banger." Billboard stated Payne "seems to be aiming for a DJ Mustard/Tyga vibe," and concluded saying "the song's fun: The swaggering, Directioner-baiting pre-chorus especially, which is probably the JT-est thing any of the five members have done since going solo." Comparing it to One Direction's catalogue, Jordan Harris from Express and Star opined it "is a lot more danceable, incredibly fun to listen to" and added, "Another similarity, and one which Liam would do well to use as a benchmark going forward, is the vocal style of Justin Timberlake." In Digital Spy, Laurence Mozafari wrote "the song screams of trying to be grown up."
|Released||June 2, 2017|
|Production Co||Emil Nava|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|VEVO views||19,871,240 (as of June 20, 2017)|