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FRESH: ‘What Love Is’ – Zak Abel

Zak Abel wants to tell us all “What Love Is”


Zak Abel, currently putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming album for new label BMG, has released the fantastically emotive new single “What Love Is”.

The video, that finds Zak perform a one-shot take to camera, radiates the emotion and soul-baring that is so lyrically woven throughout the song, and is directed by Dumi Siwo.

Laced with soul and funk, “What Love Is” rings in a new musical era for Zak Abel. Lyrically laying bare the 27-year-old’s vulnerabilities, the track was co-written with Brendan Grieve (Sam Smith) and long-time collaborator Connor Blake (Dermot Kennedy), with Zak laying down vocals in the confines of his South West London bedroom. Nathan Duvall of Disciples (Calvin Harris) heads up the production, and it was mixed by Mark Ralph (Years & Years, Becky Hill, Rudimental).

London born, this British singer songwriter first rose to fame after providing guest vocals on Gorgon City’s UK Top 20 hit single “Unmissable”. He is a singular talent who writes and sings. Everything he has done so far has been building towards today.

Penning his own songs as a 14-year-old and uploading videos of his work to YouTube, it eventually led to him signing a record deal with Atlantic in 2014 and meeting influential music producer, Joker. He then released a four-track EP in 2015, and collaborated with Tom Misch & Kaytranada, setting him up perfectly for the release of his 2017 debut album, “Only When We’re Naked”.

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