With his latest track “Paradise,” Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter, and producer MNEK has exhibited an impressive amount of versatility and artistry. “Paradise” is an infectious track that blends elements of R&B and future bass into a thought provoking and lyrically daring concoction. The track also features the iconic guitar riff from Ultra Nate’s iconic 1997 dance smash “Free.”
“Paradise” evokes visions of running away from the hectic and sometimes depressing nature of today’s society in order to find peace, solace, and catharsis. MNEK exhibits his prowess as a triple threat by providing scintillating vocals, stirring lyrics, and a sexy beat which features an ominous throbbing bassline that pulls the whole tune together.
The track’s gripping chorus inspires a sense of escape as MNEK’s heartbreaking falsetto takes center stage. “Paradise”, definitely embodies a sense of helplessness and cynicism that many of us feel at the moment. However, it is also a song about hope and the power of positive mindset. The hauntingly inspiring lyrics “Paradise is in the mind” speak to MNEK’s overall message. The 22-year-old also explains the musical inspiration for his latest track, saying:
“Around the time I wrote ‘Paradise’, so much dance music was coming out and doing well with literally any 90s R&B song as the main topline, of the whole song. It really bothered me!” he explains. “So, I decided to sample a dance song for an R&B track. I’ve always loved ‘Free’ by Ultra Nate, so it was such an honour to have the blessing of the writers of the song to sample it for ‘Paradise’.”