The now Direction-less Zayn Malik has been the subject of much music-related speculation since his departure from the boy band that launched his career, One Direction.
According to tastemaking DJ Zane Lowe (formerly of BBC and now of Apple’s Beats 1), what Zayn’s working on will more than live up to the hype. “I heard something by Zayn and it was really good,” Lowe told the U.K.’s heat magazine ahead of his live London broadcast at last week’s Apple Music Festival. “I don’t know what people expect, but he sounds great.”
Supporting rumors that Zayn is pursuing a more mature, R&B-inflected sound, Lowe added that ”People will be drawn to his music in a different way.”
There’s no definitive news yet on when to expect a release, but if Lowe is to be believed, there is definitely good music on the way.