Mabel‘s ‘Know Me Better‘ has recently been featured as Annie Mac’s ‘Tune of the Week’, and deservedly so. Her vocals are airy and ethereal, but have some serious depth. There’s also a touch of the nineties about ‘Know Me Better‘ thanks to Hip Hop-inspired percussion, Ashanti-style backing vocals and what sounds like a Mos Def vocal sample.
As the title suggests, the song is about stripping back layers of pretension so that the two parties in the relationship can begin to love each other’s flaws and idiosyncrasies. It’s the first offering from London-based Mabel McVey, who was raised in Malaga and Stockholm by her parents; the legendary Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. She’s currently assembling a band capable of translating her sound into a live context, so it looks like we’ll soon be seeing her out on tour.
Tip by Chris Smith
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