Southern soul man Kwabena Adjepong’s debut is a long time coming. He was one of 12 chosen in 2011 by drum ’n’ bass superstar Goldie to perform at Buckingham Palace in front of Prince Harry, and then became a YouTube sensation the following year with covers of Corinne Bailey Rae and James Blake.
What’s interesting for such a hipster favourite is that although some songs bear the hallmark of collaborators Sohn and Dave Okumu, so many more are very commercial, very 1980s. Occasionally that means revisiting the house music of that much-maligned decade in the same way as Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Jamie XX, but it also means songs which you sense George Michael and the late Luther Vandross would have been proud to call their own.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh