MNEK may be best known for a collaboration with Zara Larsson, “Never Forget You,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100. But the British singer is an accomplished producer as well, boasting credits on Beyonce’s Lemonade and Madonna’s Rebel Heart, to name a few.
The musician’s latest single “Paradise” is a testament to his talent, showcasing his silky falsetto over slick production. The track also features a notable sample; the memorable guitar riff from Ultra Naté’s two-decades-old hit “Free,” which topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 1997.
“When I wrote “Paradise,” it was going to be an interlude -- like a segue from the song before. Then I just added more to it because everyone loved it,” says MNEK. “I added [the “Free” sample] in there while I was writing it because it was in the same key-ish.”