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[FREE MP3] MNEK "If He's The One" (Song Review)


After releasing his excellent debut single "If Truth Be Told" on Moshi Moshi Records earlier this year, British pop prodigy MNEK now shares the brand-new freebie "If He's The One" in anticipation of more new music in the future. On his Soundcloud page, he shares that his debut album will not be out until 2013 and that he's not sure if this track "will make the cut," but that he "loves it all the same." And we fully agree.

The reason that we'll have to wait until 2013 for a full-length MNEK effort most likely has to do with the fact that the London teenager has become an in-demand songwriter and producer who has been embraced by pop collective Xenomania and recently contributed tracks to new releases by The Saturdays and Florrie.

And this new "If He's The One" shows us exactly why much of the British pop scene is all over MNEK. The track is a tightly-produced, soul-flavored pop gem that is paced by a bouncy groove, pumped up '90s synths and that youthful spark that marks all of MNEK's work. Reminiscent of classic Teddy Riley productions, "If He's The One" echoes the sounds of that catchy New Jack Swing that has been a huge inspiration to MNEK.

What particularly stands out on this new MNEK tune is that it neatly shows off his very soulful vocals to tell his lover that it's time to make a decision and let him off his leash. "You and me were super tight, you head fit my shoulder right," he says. "Just let me know if he's the one, just let me know. If he's the one, just let me go." (Download MP3)

December 31, 2011 | Permalink