In a strikingly short space of time, Birmingham born, London based singer/songwriter Jacob Banks has managed to achieve much more than some of his arguably more popular counterparts. In 2012, he won the MOBO Awards' UnSung regional competition in his hometown as well as Adidas' Are You In competition. Soon after and still unsigned at the time, he supported Emeli Sandé on her UK tour, leant his vocals to projects with Wretch 32 and Chase & Status (the latter he toured Australia with) and appeared on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in 2013 as the first unsigned artist to perform in the Live Lounge. Following the release of his debut EP The Monologue and an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland, he inked a deal with Atlantic Records and released his debut single 'Move with You' in September of last year.

After severing ties with the major label shortly after and spending much of his time writing and recording on his own, Jacob Banks releases his second EP The Paradox which, by all accounts, manages to pick up where The Monologue left off and put strong emphasis on Banks' best talents - singing and songwriting. Production is largely minimal to give his powerful yet guttural (and might I add, way beyond his years) vocals the best possible platform. Features are close to non-existent bar north London rapper Avelino on the previously released Monster while the remainder of the collection is a heartfelt record of '60s inspired modern soul.

The Paradox is available to buy now on iTunes.