Here at Maximum Pop! HQ we admit to being partial to cheeky boybands – but let’s face it, there is nothing like a sexy man in a blazer who can hit soulful, high notes.
Introducing Australia’s finest new export: Nathaniel, a South African-born singer/songwriter who rose to prominence on X Factor Australia two years ago.
Nathaniel’s debut single ‘You’ is an alluring modern R&B masterpiece that sounds like something Miguel, Usher or Justin Timberlake would snatch Grammy’s with.
The track is produced by DNA Songs, a Sydney-based songwriting/production team that has worked with The Saturdays, Ricky Martin and Bonnie Anderson.
The crisp metronomic beat recalls Leona Lewis’ iconic smash ‘Bleeding Love’ and just like LeLew, Nathaniel doesn’t shy away from the high notes.
The man impressively rocks a falsetto all through the most straightforward and addictive chorus you will hear all year, singing: “‘Cause baby, you-ooh-ooh-ooh. You make me feel alright! Yes you do-ooh, baby.”
We guarantee you would be singing along by the second chorus.
‘You’ became something of a surprise hit in Australia, where it peaked at #4 on the ARIA charts with double platinum sales.
What do you guys think? Does Nathaniel’s ‘You’ have what it takes to be huge in the UK?
‘You’ is out in the UK on 17 August.