It has been a whirlwind year for John Newman. Wait – who? Whilst you may not exactly recognise the name or the face, you will most definitely recognise the voice!
Flashback to summer 2012 and you could not turn on the TV or radio without hearing snippets of Feel The Love – the breakout smash hit of UK electronic foursome Rudimental – blasting out of the speakers. Newman leant his voice to that song and then – a year later – his first solo single, Love Me Again, went straight to the top of the UK charts.
Gearing up to the release of his début album, Tribute, sees us greeted with his second solo single, Cheating. In a similar vein to May’s Love Me Again, Cheating is an upbeat pop song driven by funky piano, dramatic horns, a background choir and a chorus that will no doubt sear itself into your brain cells. Cheating itself is pretty much self-explanatory, calling out a girl who is playing around, with Newman stating ‘If you’re cheating, cheat on, yeah, but I would never cheat on you’.
Of course, the most powerful weapon in the fray is Newman’s voice, which is riddled with soul and an unusual tone that sets him apart from any potential chart challengers for the foreseeable future, and with songs this funky, he will no doubt have a slew of hits to come!
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