Sometimes, not often, but very occasionally, you hear music from out of nowhere that within a heartbeat, slaps you around the face and demands your full attention. While surfing my way around YouTube the other night, with a broadband connection that was so slow it was going backwards, driving me to the edge of reason as I watched that annoying little buffering circle whirling around and around as if to taunt me while absolutely nothing happened, I came across a young man called John Newman. I hadn’t searched him, he appeared in an advert. You know those really annoying adverts that you click ‘skip’ as soon as you are given the opportunity? Well, I didn’t click ‘skip’ because I was captivated. I’d instantly forgotten all about what I was actually searching for because my face had been well and truly slapped! There was this young guy, maybe 20, maybe 22? Fresh faced and cock sure, he was stood at a mic, in an opened collar dress shirt and a suit jacket, with a look of self assurance on his face that surely belied his years. And then he unleashed this voice. Well fuck me, what a voice. For a second my mind couldn’t compute that the sound I was hearing was coming from this kid on the screen. And feel. Wow. This young fella had more feel in one flick of his little finger than most artists can muster up in a lifetime. Singing about his girl who had a habit of stepping out on him. He felt every word. I felt every word. I wanted to find this girl and ask her what the fuck she was doing, hadn’t she heard him sing? I instantly thought Jonny Lang, maybe a little Otis Redding or maybe Stevie Winwood? I couldn’t really nail it, but this voice stands up with the very, very best that Motown ever offered us. I hit repeat a couple of times cos I was instantly hooked, and then I checked out another track he’d done with Rudimental, ‘Feel The Love’, which was apparently number 1 in the UK charts – yeah whatever, I’m shit at chart music, I admit it. It was amazing stuff. I knew I had to blog him. Talent like this comes around so seldom, everybody should hear it. Talent like this is the reason I started a blog. Whether 5 or 500 people hear this guy sing through this page (and it’s way more likely to be the former, lol!) I don’t care, I will consider my job done. Now stop reading and check him out, he’s fucking amazing!
John Newman – Cheating (Acoustic)