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Un­signed and un­der­stated, Cana­dian R&B up­start Daniel Cae­sar, 22, is a quiet enigma in an other­wise noisy land­scape of artists vy­ing for at­ten­tion. Af­ter a pe­riod of odd jobs and sofa surf­ing, he self-re­leased the al­bum Freudian in Au­gust to crit­i­cal ac­claim. With lit­tle pro­mo­tion, Get You, a track from the EP, has amassed more than 10m streams on Ap­ple Mu­sic. Soar­ing and ser­e­nad­ing, it’s a love-struck ode to ro­mance, JULIE with back­ing vo­cals from Colom­bian singer Kali Uchis. ‘I knew it was the best song I’d ever writ­ten,’ he says, mat­ter-of-factly, ‘but I didn’t know how much of an im­pact it would have.’ For ev­ery cel­e­bra­tory track, ADENUGA there’s an hon­est and pas­sion­ately de­liv­ered coun­ter­part. His emo­tional range is akin to Frank Ocean, and it’s not their only sim­i­lar­ity: both are elu­sive and self-dep­re­cat­ing. ‘Some­times, what I put out there is me ac­knowl­edg­ing that I’m not as good a per­son as I want to be,’ he says. ‘I’m re­veal­ing my short­com­ings.’ Daniel’s flaws may haunt him, but they pack a sonic punch. Freudian is out now

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