Only a few short years after discovering hip-hop, pop, and dance music, Labrinth was top of the charts as producer and co-writer of Tinie Tempah’s breakout single “Pass Out.” In 2012 he released his first solo album, Electronic Earth, that put four singles onto the UK Top Ten (including the US Top 40 hit “Beneath Your Beautiful”).
Labrinth may have been successful, but he didn’t stop pushing himself to improve. Over the past few years he’s been refining his craft, writing and producing for pop royalty like Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd, while absorbing influences ranging from ELO to Nina Simone. A trip to Nashville to learn from country music’s songwriting greats led to the 2014 hit “Jealous,” a heartbreaking ballad about his absentee father that showcased a more tender side to his vocal skills and proved he’s as adept at working in vintage soul as the forward-looking hip-hop he made his name on.
He’s also preparing the follow up to Electronic Earth–although with the genre-hopping skills he’s developed, and the newfound freedom he’s found after accomplishing pretty much everything a young artist would want to accomplish, in some ways it feels like his actual proper debut.