John De Sohn and Inyang Bassey team up for ‘When The World Was Happy’

With a stylish nod to today's (post)pandemic feelings, the song is a delightful mixture of uplifting electronic music and pop in its most melancholic guise.

John De Sohn
John De Sohn

John De Sohn, the Swedish hitmaker, returns with perhaps his most prestigious single to date. The dynamic duo lays out the bittersweet vocal house gem ‘When The World Was Happy‘, collaborating with the ever-inspiring NY singer/songwriter Inyang Bassey. This song, which features melancholic flutes, upwinding piano chords, and Bassey’s outstanding, soulful vocals, has the potential to become an anthem for these unpredictably turbulent times – it’s out now on Spinnin’ Records.

John De Sohn and Inyang Bassey

John De Sohn, also known as Björn Johnsson, is a well-known Swedish DJ/producer who has been steadily growing in popularity for the past ten years. Rising up from the Stockholm club scene, he started to make waves with a series of hit records that crossed the bridges between progressive house, deep house, pop, and Avicii-styled anthems.

From his 2012 breakthrough ‘Long Time’ to 2017’s emotional outburst ‘Hum With Me’ to his 2019 album Made For You, which included global hits like ‘Forever Young’, ‘Love You Better’ and ‘Happy Kids’, John De Sohn’s music has always revolved around powerful hooks and euphoric electronic sounds. John De Sohn knows how to write a captivating song and has spent years honing his skills.

The same can be said of Inyang Bassey, a New York singer who has made a name for herself in the last decade. She’s collaborated with a number of artists, including Moby and The Broken Orchestra, and has performed (residency) gigs throughout the New York club scene. Praised for her impressive voice, drenched in soul and gospel, Bassey can turn any song into an emotional ride, she’ll make sure the message isn’t only heard, but felt, too.

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That’s exactly what’s going on right now, as both of these artists release their collaborative single “When The World Was Happy.” The song is a sweet combination of energizing dance music and pop in its most melancholic guise, with a tasteful nod to today’s (post)pandemic sentiments.

John De Sohn paints a beautiful picture with delicate flute melodies and Bassey’s sentimental vocals, both of which are followed by joyous piano chords and a sweet deep house drop. When the record breaks down, you can hear Bassey’s hands clapping beneath him, and he goes into full gospel mode, giving the song an extra dose of rapture.

Two artists bring out the best in each other in ‘When The World Was Happy.’ It’s a song that begs to be performed in front of a live audience, to fill the room with feel-good vibes. With this song, John De Sohn and Inyang Bassey have expressed everyone’s thoughts and feelings, and it is undoubtedly the soundtrack of an era that we will remember for years to come.