What? Slick, nineties-inspired R’n’B with pop hooks galore.
From where? West London, via stints in New York, France and Sweden.
What’s the story? Ok, let’s get the formalities out of the way. Born into a musical dynasty, Mabel is the daughter of genre-defying eighties pop icon Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, and the granddaughter of the late jazz musician Don Cherry.
Her family may be more famous than most, but the 21 year-old is intent on blazing her own trail. For the past few years, she’s been busy concocting an intoxicating R’n’B infused pop sound, recalling the musical hallmarks of her childhood: from Salt’n’Pepa and TLC to Destiny’s Child.
Debut track Know Me Better was a viral hit on the blogosphere in 2015 and was picked up by the likes of BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and Annie Mac.
Now, one BBC Music Sound Of… poll later and a signing to Polydor Records, the blossoming star is hitting into her stride with the unstoppable success of dancefloor banger Finders Keepers (over 12 million streams, natch) and a recent sold-out show at Heaven.
With debut mixtape Ivy To Roses out now plus a sold-out European tour and freshly announced headline London show next year, the budding superstar confidently promises, ‘this is only the beginning of my journey’…
Sounds like? Heartfelt millennial R’n’B anthems.
Predicted to? Deliver a hotly-anticipated debut album that will cement her as a bonafide household name.
Must hear? The dancehall-inspired Begging –