Zak Abel Firmly Has 'One Hand On The Future'
Making his mark last year with his progressive brand of electro-hued contemporary r'n'b, the U.K.'s Zak Abel is back to remind of just why his soaring, soulful tone and heart-felt vocal delivery has proved such a winner with the likes of Gorgon City and Wookie. Calling in the talents of production icons Joker, Karma Kid and KAYTRANADA, Abel has delivered his six-track 'One Hand On The Future' project, a stunning collection of genre-melding, boundary-pushing creativity that draws on an ear-catching electronic, r'n'b and soul inspired sensibility. From the funky groove and distorted vocal motif of 'Running From Myself' to the handclaps, swelling background vocals and fuzzy churn of 'Flow', and from the soulful guitar and synth sheen of 'Soul Child' to the low end wobble and bold snare of 'Say Sumthin', the listener is caught up in a surging, swelling wave of inescapably infectious grooves and tempos that will have even the most ardent wallflowers up and dancing. Crowned by irresistible draw of Abel's supremely soulful and urgently powerful, rasp-flecked vocal, 'One Hand On The Future' is the perfect showcase of why he is quickly marking out an inimitable place for himself on today's music scene.