Labrinth isn’t your average artist. He’s a self-taught musical polymath. A behind-the-scenes studio whizz who, over the two-year world tour in support of his first album ‘Electronic Earth’, grew into a confident singer and showman. An innovator whose upcoming second album bristles with ambitious future-soul and sees the 27-year-old step front and centre as a star.
Initially, he was tipped to work as a producer, but Simon Cowell signed him to his record label Syco Music as a solo act. In the process, Labrinth became Cowell’s first non-talent show signing in six years.
Labrinth made his debut appearance on the UK Singles Chart in March 2010, when his collaboration with English rapper Tinie Tempah, “Pass Out“, reached number one. McKenzie has collaborated with Tinie Tempah on numerous occasions since. Labrinth’s first solo single, “Let the Sun Shine” was released in September 2010, reaching number three in the same chart. His debut album Electronic Earth, was released on 31 March 2012, having been preceded by the singles “Earthquake“, featuring Tinie Tempah and “Last Time“, which peaked at number two and number four respectively. He achieved his first number-one single in November 2012 with “Beneath Your Beautiful“, featuring Emeli Sandé. That single also went on to break through in the USA.
Labrinth is currently bunkered down in LA finishing his long awaited second album.
This second album is the album Labrinth set out to make. He’s all over every element, from the writing to the performing to the singing to the producing.
So, yes, he’s been away for what seems – in the superfast pop sense – an age. But he’s used his time, and his energies, wisely. After the huge success of his first album, Labrinth cleared his head, and then he started from scratch. Just the way a true artist should do it. The result is an exceptional second album.