Mabel is back with brand new track ‘Finders Keepers’ (featuring hotly-tipped MC Kojo Funds), which is available today via Capitol Records. ‘Finders Keepers’ introduces Mabel’s forthcoming EP Bedroom, coming May 26, 2017. The song is an infectious blend of R&B and hints of dancehall from the only-just turned-21 year old.
“Finders Keepers’ is really about letting go and not overthinking,” Mabel says. “I’m English, Swedish and Sierra Leonean, and it was important for me to begin to explore my mixed roots musically.”
Born into a musical dynasty (Mom is ‘80s icon Neneh Cherry; Dad is Cameron McVey, best known for his work with Massive Attack and Portishead), it is safe to say that music quite literally runs in the blood of Mabel. She spent her childhood zig-zagging with her sisters from the mountains of Malaga to Notting Hill and Sweden, where she studied at the prestigious Rytmus Musikergymnasiet music school (Robyn, Tove Lo). A self-confessed loner, Mabel found solace in writing music – for a long time, in secret – which made the sudden reaction to her early tracks ‘Know Me Better’ and ‘My Boy My Town’ all the more remarkable. Yet it’s a sound Mabel continues to evolve in her own style, and at her own pace; she’s a true child of the golden age of 00s R&B, harnessing the energy of idols like Beyonce circa Destiny’s Child and the vocal stylings of Minnie Ripperton.
Tipped for BBC Music’s Sound of 2016 poll, Mabel continued to refine her instantly identifiable sound and look over the course of last year. Having collaborated with SBTRKT and toured arenas with Years & Years, her breakout single ‘Thinking Of You’ has now been streamed over 7 million times, with Mabel also hand-picked to create a choreographed video in support of the reopened Tate Modern (‘Talk About Forever’). Then, this January, Adidas selected Mabel to be the new face of its global ‘Originals’ campaign – with an extended TV spot airing during the Grammy’s – alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg, Stormzy and Dev Hynes. It is this restless appetite to converge cultural mediums – music, video, dance, art – which has been passed down to Mabel, and makes her one of modern music’s brightest young things.