Among the 1D members, he's the last one to put out a song outside the group. Ex-bandmate Zayn Malik put out "Pillowtalk" last year followed by Niall Horan's "This Town" and Louis Tomlinson's "Just Hold On" with Steve Aoki. Harry Styles dropped "Sign of the Times" last month. Liam gets help from hip-hop star Quavo on "Strip."
Payne penned "Strip that Down" with fellow U.K. artist Ed Sheeran and Quavo. The production is a cross between sleek beats reminiscent of DJ Mustard and the trap music of the times. Liam unleashes his inner freak while putting the moves on a lady. "So put your hands on my body and swing that round for me," he sings before hitting a few Justin Timberlake-like falsetto notes for good measure. Quavo comes through with an equally salacious verse. Payno sheds his boybander past with this defiant, down-and-dirty club banger.
"Strip that Down" featuring Quavo is now available on iTunes and Apple Music. No word yet on when to expect Payne's solo album.