knoxbrownVirgin EMI – August 5th

A cursory glance at Knox Brown’s repertoire suggests he’s a pretty busy ghostwriter. Tracks like Mary J Blige’s ‘Whole Damn Year’ or his work with Wretch 32 or Jess Glynne reveal an unobtrusive technical competence that could easily be his bread and butter for years to come, but so far they fail to provide any tinderbox moments. Searching is Knox finding his own voice after standout solo track ‘Harry’s Code’. The EP is often affecting, as in the opener ‘Dear Mr Brown’ which sees Brown looking for an absent father figure. It’s all set with the kind of dubby production values that could only come from a bookish interest in reggae. It’s early days but he would do well to avoid being typecast as easy listening.

Buy: Knox Brown – Searching EP