John Newman – Preview
Mon 16th Dec
John Newman’s run up to the big leagues of pop-soul seems to have been rather short. Aged just 23, his first venture into the charts was a number one hit, featuring on Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’ in May 2012, and his follow up ‘Not Giving In’ in November, which also charted in the top 20.
Somebody at Island Records, the legendary British label of such greats as Paul Weller, Tom Waits, John Martyn and Amy Winehouse, must have seen big things in this young soul man’s future, but I am sure that even they could not have predicted his debut single ‘Love Me Again’ taking the number one spot in the charts, with the video of a dramatic forbidden love reaching nearly 40 million views!
With a heavy helping of influence from classic Northern Soul and an uncanny vocal similarity to Plan B, Adele and Emeli Sandé in some of his tracks, John Newman’s music is young, energetic and with an already characteristic style. His debut album ‘Tribute’ was released on Monday and is sure to be well received, with its wide variety of tracks and the inclusion of ‘Love Me Again’ on the Fifa 14 video game soundtrack.
Newman is currently touring the UK, with European dates to follow in November, finishing off with his sell-out show at Brighton’s Concorde 2, with support from Chlöe Howl. Following all the hype around this young artist, including a feature in the latest Q Magazine, the show is sure to raise the roof and see some killer dance moves, both on stage and in the audience, so polish off your dancing shoes, grab the talcum powder and see you ‘Out on the Floor’!
‘Tribute’ is out now, on Island Records.