Straight from school and into the recording studio. 'If Truth Be Told' is the first single from music prodigy MNEK and comes out 7th November through Moshi Moshi Records.
MNEK is a 16 year old singer, songwriter and producer from London. This kid makes beats that are big, melodies that are infectious and songs that are booty shakin'. This is the kind of pop that exudes soul beyond what you would expect from a 16 year old - all of which MNEK mixes with impressive ease.
'If Truth Be Told' was originally written and recorded by MNEK when he was just thirteen years old and is a product of ending up in detention after being late for a science lesson.. "If truth be told, stay for the night, not forever.. I didn't even catch your name, / it don't matter 'cos I don't want you anyway." Obviously it's not actually about being in detention. 'If Truth Be Told' has everything electroclash has been missing: neon coloured grooves teamed with bad-ass, funky-fresh beats.
MNEK was raised on a musical diet that was influenced by his Scotland Yard detective Dad's love of Bob Marley and new jack swing, and cake baking Mum's love for big voiced diva's like Whitney Houston. Producing properly from the age of around nine, MNEK's sound has developed and taken on a life of its own. NME have already citied him as one of the "20 hottest producers in music right now" and The Guardian have stuck him on their "ten of the next generation of music producers" list.
Describing himself as the "anti-teen popstar", MNEK's sound reflects him in every way. You can almost hear the bright retro specs, the big fat gold chains and the hi-top fade in every manipulated vocal and synth sound effect on 'If Truth Be Told'. British public prepare; we're sending you back to the future!