UPDATE: Zayn's demo with Naughty Boy, "I Won't Mind," was removed from SoundCloud less than 12 hours after it posted. For now, you can listen to it on a YouTube rip at the bottom of this page.
Well that was fast: less than a week after Zayn Malik officially left One Direction, the 22-year-old has had his first piece of solo material unveiled to the world. Naughty Boy, the U.K. producer who joined Malik in the studio over the weekend, has posted a demo called "I Won't Mind" online on Monday (Mar. 30).
Unlike Naughty Boy's worldwide smash "La La La," "I Won't Mind" is a heartfelt, elliptical folk song in which Malik croons over an acoustic guitar, "We are who we are when no one's watching/And right from the start, you know I got you." The song sounds incomplete, but Malik's vulnerability sounds real and well-earned; "I Won't Mind" doesn't necessarily need elaborate production to be affecting.