MUSIC: PEYTON, JAKE SHEARS, MORE.
Longtime House music stalwart Peyton reinvented himself as a neo-soul singer via The X Factor in the UK. Although he didn’t win (blame Sharon Osbourne!) it gave his profile a significant boost and now the openly gay man with the sultry voice is doing it all on his terms. There’s not a whiff of House beats here, instead it’s Peyton keeping up with Sam Smith, Adele and Ed Sheeran – lots of bombastic choruses and lyrics with themes of unity, hope and love (especially on the gospel drenched Be My Enough). And what’s wrong with that? Powerful anti-bullying anthem When They Go Low comes with an impactful video and – hurrah! – there’s a bunch of club-friendly remixes to please his dancefloor fan base, too. Perhaps for his next album the two sides of Peyton – housemeister and cool soulster – could even coexist. For more go to peytonmusic.com.