MNEK: Get Familiar

Having been highlighted as one of the “20 hottest producers in music right now” by the good folks at NME, nominated amongst The Guardian’s “10 of the next generation of young music producers” and worked with massive stars such as Tinie Tempah, Frankmusik, Olly Murs, The Wanted and The Saturdays (he co-wrote and co-produced their current single “All Fired Up”) – all before even writing his GCSE exams – I guess it would be safe to say that 17-year old British Nigerian singer, songwriter, remixer and producer MNEK (real name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) should be on all of our radars.

MNEK (derived by phonetically pronouncing his last name Em-en-ike) – who started writing and producing at the tender age of nine and is a huge fan of the likes of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley and Freeez (yes he is an ’80s baby stuck in a ’90s body) – has more recently seen his “Lunar Riddim” instrumental picked up by Nike for their Air Max Lunar campaign which stars Mario Balotelli and is now currently working with the likes of Wretch 32, Dragonette, Diana Vickers and Florrie while he studies for his GCSEs – you couldn’t write a better story even if you tried.

His electro-funky debut single “If Truth Be Told” which is out now via Moshi Moshi Records marks MNEK’s first commercial foray into singer territory after establishing himself as a high-calibre songwriter/producer and what an entrance the infectious “If Truth Be Told” is for the 17-year old. The song itself was written three years ago when MNEK was just 13 and the fact that it sounds as fresh as if it was made now is a simple testament to how beyond his years, MNEK really is as an artist and music maker. The bounds of talent that are bursting at the seams from this kid are simply undeniable.

MNEK – “Lunar Riddim”:

Tinie Tempah – “Written In The Stars (MNEK Shooting Dub)”:

Head here to listen to MNEK preview one of his new songs called “Detention Love” and do a little acapella rendition of another titled “Summer Romance”. MNEK’s single “If Truth Be Told” is out now on iTunes through Moshi Moshi Records.

The kid is the real deal.

MNEK online: @MNEKtweets / Facebook / MySpace

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