MNEK – LANGUAGE
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.