Written by Rahoul Naik
A precociously talented individual, MNEK started making songs when he was just 9-years-old, before signing his first publishing deal five years later. Able to deconstruct and re-build pop, R&B and dance in a way most mere mortals can’t, his songwriting, production and vocal skills have been sought out by everyone from The Saturdays to Rudimental; from Duke Dumont to Little Mix; from Bondax to Kylie Minogue In 2016 Beyoncé also used his services as songwriter as MNEK co-wrote Hold Up for her album LEMONADE.
But his talents don’t just stop at creating musical mastery for other people. Versatile enough to play about with deep house one minute, pure pop the next and R&B bangers as and when he feels like it, MNEK’s also primed to properly take over as a solo artist following recent singles Every Little Word and the elastic, low-slung future R&B of the Radio One play listed follow-up, Wrote A Song About You. With an artistic vision for the album already in place, he’s also ventured out into the live arena, playing a myriad of summer festivals and three sold-out shows in London.
Further singles, The Rhythm and Never Forget You with Zara Larsson received acclaimed pop success and built the perfect landscape for MNEK to drop his latest effort, Paradise. The new single is a slower yet still electro-heavy track which sees the musicians flex both singing and production talents with a bunch of layering, a Beyoncé style rap breakdown and so much sing-a-bility than your grandma at Christmas dinner.
Speaking to Attitude Magazine, the musicians said that “around the time I wrote Paradise, so much dance music was coming out and doing well with literally any 90s R&B song as the main topline, of the whole song. It really bothered me!” he explains. “So, I decided to sample a dance song for an R&B track. I’ve always loved Free by Ultra Nate, so it was such an honour to have the blessing of the writers of the song to sample it for Paradise.”
Listen to the track below