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Ed Sheeran and Michael Kiwanuka have both been labelled "the male Adele" in the past, but actually I think Sam Smith suits the name much better. Best known as the singer on Disclosure's recent breakthrough hit Latch, he is now embarking on a solo career and recently unveiled his first song in the form of a stunning acoustic video performance. Lay Me Down is a moving ballad that Adele would be proud to call her own, but it’s the pure, heartfelt vocals that are truly impressive. Prior to the Disclosure collaboration Sam was a total unknown, but now he’s one of the most hotly tipped new artists of 2013, showing how one great song can change your life.