Exposure is our scrapbook of our favourite new bands. Today's exposure features the UK's answer to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd – super smooth R&B crooner, Azekel.

  • Name: Azekel
  • Location: London, UK
  • Genre: Renaissance R&B
  • For Fans of: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd.
  • Website: Official Website

Azekel’s already garnering a buffer of buzz, with most people drawing comparisons to the gargantuan hype-magnets across the Atlantic. There may be similarities in the yielding, serene frankness but Azekel isn’t just a carbon-copy – there are plenty of ways he distances himself. He proves on ‘That Feeling’ that he has a penchant for the screwy acoustics, with a cagey, echoing guitar riffing beneath bullwhip cracks of snare. He’s got that brutal, sensitive honesty which slashes through some of the pageantry of R&B, allowing a very much in-your-face kind of songwriting, replete with soaring falsetto and heartbreaking declarations.