[Artist Spotlight] MNEK + Sam Smith

There aren’t many male vocalists that get me choked up, but over the past year a handful have popped up on my radar much to my excitement.  Each time I hear a new song featuring Sam Smith or MNEK, my heart stops until I press play – and what I’ve found with each artists, is that I’m addicted to their soulful sounds.

Sam Smith, named the BBC Voice to Watch in 2014, has  slowly but surely etched a permanent place in my heart.  I first heard his breathtaking vocals when he lent them to Disclosure for the feel good crooner ‘Latch’; if that single doesn’t take your breath away, try your hand at the acoustic version:

Then, he does it again on the Nile Rodgers x Disclosure Collaboration ‘Together.’

So far, you’ve gotten an earful of Electro – but Sam Smith’s original work is something closer to Indie Rock with a sexy, bedroom twist:

Not to mention, his voice just remixes so pretty! MK does the jam ‘Money on my Mind’ excellent justice by infusing his remix with some signature deep house grooves.

This morning when I jumped on my mandatory morning music safari, I found a new singles under the man’s belt and I’m beyond excited to share.   ‘Make it To Me’ – has me wrapped up in all of the feels and almost in tears; his vocal prowess is so beautifully honest and refreshing, and that high register – hot damn that sounds phenomenal:

Stay up to date with Sam Smith across his socials: Webpage | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Another vocalist that I can’t get enough of is MNEK. Every time I find a new MNEK (pronounced Em-En-E-Kay) cover on Hypem, I’m absolutely enthralled by how he refixes the song by ignoring the original format and laying down his own, silk smooth notes. There has been a host of singles over the past year that I’ve heard MNEK re-do, and each and every one is beautiful and unique in it’s own right. 19 years young, MNEK has the vocal power of an old soul;  time after time, he infuses his sultry R&B vocals into deep house rhythms to perfection and I simply can’t get enough.  One thing I really enjoy with the singles he’s released, is playing them back to back with the original; if you want to understand the man’s genius, it’s a great jumping off point – so I’ll get that party started for you:

[Original]

[Re-Fix]

[Original]

[Re-Fix]

[Original]

[Re-Fix]

[Original]

[Re-Fix]

And then of course, there are the original tracks he’s lent his stellar pipes to – like with Rudimental, SubFocus and DEVolution – proving that his voice is so much more than just [Deep] House, it’s an instrument that producers across the genres love playing with.

Keep tabs on MNEK across the interwebs – Webpage | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The Audiofiles: We Go Deep

 

For what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend, in true Amanda fashion – never a dull moment. Not like I need one – nor am I complaining – just saying, I’m exhausted and need some tunage to match my mood!  Thank goodness I’ve been collective some stellar deep house tracks over the last few weeks to keep me in a state of trance; hope y’all dig them as much as I do!

Tracklist

  1. Maya Jane Coles ft Karin Park – Everything
  2. Mark Knight – Your Love
  3. Hot Natured ft Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving
  4. Disclosure ft Eliza Doolittle – You & Me
  5. Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction
  6. Ali Love ft Kali – Emperor
  7. Steed Lord – Remember Me (Russ Chimes Remix)
  8. Duke Dumont – Need You 100% (SKREAMix)
  9. Pete Tong ft S.Y.F. – Dawn (Blond:ish Remix)
  10. MANIK ft Jeremy Glenn – Parasol (Climbers Remix)
  11. Russ Chimes – Back 2 You
  12. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
  13. HAIM – Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  14. Nate Dogg – Gangster Walk (SION’s Hipster Lean Remix)
  15. Disclosure vs MNEK – White Noise (Full Crate & FS Green Remix)
  16. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)
  17. FKJ – So Much To Me
  18. Solange – Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  19. Hot Since 82 – Like You
  20. Lee Foss & MK Ft Anabel Englund – Electricity
  21. Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out
  22. Betoko vs Mario Basanov vs Vidis – Control The Suspend