Kwabs has definitely been one of the most exciting new acts to emerge recently and if he didn’t make it in time for the BBC Sound of 2014, probably we’ll see his name in next year’s poll. If you have any doubts about this man being a top quality singer, just take three minutes of your time to hear “Last Stand”, an incredibly touching melancholic tune with a kind of epic undertone.
This track,which is included in his debut EP, was produced by SOHN who appears again in the production credits for Kwabs’ new work. The latest result of this collaboration is “Something Right”, a powerful song with heavy drums keeping up the pace while several spacy synths leads are introduced alongside Kwabs’ vocals. Although SOHN’s work in this one resembles what he has done in another collaboration between them – “Wrong or Right”, this latest song is more likely to turn out to be Kwabs’ dance floor filler.
The title track and opener provides another interesting moment. Just like in “Something Right”, the tom-tom drums prove to be a relevant element and are definitely most decisive to the overall sound of the EP. Also, it is worth noticing here Kwabs’ usual big chorus and some momentarily piano chords. Although the adding of these subtle keys could seem at first just a casual aesthetic choice, it is actually what allows a more natural link with the piano driven ballad that closes out the EP.
“Brothers”, co-written with keyboardist George Moore, sits apart every other song the singer has done before. The piano melody builds up a mysterious feel that seems to evoke ancient times, while Kwabs sings a heart-warming piece of advice, which might remind us Burial’s words of hope on River Dealer.
Thus, tracks like “Brothers” and “Something Right” are awfully reassuring that Kwabs is keeping his seat in the massive merry-go-round called pop music.