When someone lists their influences as Prince, Otis Redding, David Bowie and J Dilla equally, they have my attention. East London native Azekel orchestrates a wide variety of musical ideas in his latest track “New Romance”. Mix-tape beats, dubby pulses, big band horns and his soulful crooning all blend magically melancholic and primal manner.
This single release follows on from 2013’s ‘Circa’ EP, which saw Azekel traverse vital moments in his life over a 10 year period via collaborations with various producers (Blacksmif, Youan, Adelight and Vincent Perez). This time around, Azekel himself has taken sole control of the songwriting and production duties.