MNEK – LAN­GUAGE

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The de­but al­bum from

23-year-old gay Brit wun­derkind MNEK

(who’s al­ready writ­ten tunes for the likes of

Dua Lipa, Bey­once and

Madonna) starts with a use­ful pro­logue on how to pro­nounce his name (“EM-AN-EE-KAY) be­fore get­ting un­der­way. The jaunty Cor­rect of­fers the ad­vice “stay fab­u­lous, honey”, while Tongue might be the sex­i­est love song you’ve heard from a male voice and a proudly gay one at that. His rain­bow­drenched sin­gle Colour, with Hailee Ste­in­feld, drifts too close to some of Justin Bieber’s past hits, but Girl­friend where MNEK blurts “if your girl­friend knew about me and you, about what we do” there’s no es­cap­ing this is ground-break­ing stuff and pop-dom as we know it will never be the same again. That’s a damned good thing, too. With

16 tracks there’s a few that could’ve been trimmed but, over­all, this is a bold, em­pow­er­ing and tasty Lan­guage we all speak.

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