Due to the wave of r’n’b sensations such as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd gliding out of North America right now, it’s been hard to predict how a British equivalent would carve a niche. We might have an answer this month in the shape of the self-titled debut album from Dornik.
The Croydon-born musician, full name Dornik Leigh, who used to drum for Jessie Ware and has since become her label-mate, makes the kind of lightly textured, melodically awkward soul-r’n’b-pop that everyone’s got a jones for right now. His occasional early Eighties vibe and the delicate trill in his voice has even earned him deserved comparisons to a young Michael Jackson.
But where Dornik sounds a little different from his transatlantic soulmates is that his music is sweeter, less sex-drenched; listen to lines like “I’m addicted to your lips, girl” on 'Chain Smoke' or the bouncy flirtation of 'Stand In Your Line' and you can’t help but see Jackson stepping nimbly around that girl with the perm in the video for 'The Way You Make Me Feel'. Call it British coyness, but that’s the way we like it, and you will too.
Dornik by Dornik is out on 14 August (PMR)