UNSTABLE ZAK ABEL
New kid on the block of British music, 20-year-old Zak Abel has a talent and a voice which ensures we’ll all be hearing a lot more from him. So watch this space! ‘Unstable’, the first song taken from his debut album Only When We’re Naked, is a dance-pop track that could easily turn in to a radio smash. The nifty production switches smoothly between brooding verses and a big chorus. But it’s Abel’s voice that takes centre stage. It’s heartfelt, raw and charmingly broken in places. The splinters that appear are enough to let his emotions creep through.
I WILL WAIT JOSH MILAN
Another huge tune from the Honeycomb Stable. This time it’s Josh Milan by himself. And he’s brought us a genuine party banger. As a vocalist, songwriter, producer and composer, he’s been making music and doing remixes for the best part of three decades now. And he shows no signs of letting up. Taken from his album 6.9.69, ‘I Will Wait’ recalls the good ol’ days of Blaze when the trio tore apart the 90s’ dance floors. And while Milan’s sound has changed with the times, his originality and fun is still as obvious as ever. Think bars and parties and drums and soul, and you’re pretty much there.
ONE MORE REASON MARIE DAHLSTROM FEATURING TOM MISCH
You can’t quite put your finger on it but you know when you hear cool music. You can feel it without knowing why. ‘One More Reason’, by Marie Dahlstrom, is one of those instances where cool exists. I think it’s probably the womping synth and half time handclap percussion. Or perhaps it’s the confident and knowing sound in her vocals. Whatever it is, it works. Dahlstrom, who hails from Denmark, has always brought something of that laid-back culture to her music. It reminds me of the sound that the likes of Bonobo and Maribou State have created: effortlessly smooth and chilled.