Jacob Banks is best known for his power house of a voice. The Birmingham born singer blew us away last year with his Mahogany Session of Rihanna’s ‘Say Something (Great Big World)’ which filled every last dusty corner of the church it was filmed in. After signing a deal with Interscope last year, Banks’ has had a string of releases that showcase that voice and his modern twist on RnB, establishing him as a serious new player on the UK soul and RnB scene. Fast forward to today and Bank’s has just dropped his new EP ‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’.
‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’ is a collection of five tracks that hark back to an American, gospel driven style of retro soul music – but in true Banks fashion there is a raw modern edge to all of them. ‘Part Time Love’ and ‘Mercy’ are the two stands outs – the latter with rock and roll keyboard chords and Banks at his full vocal power. ‘Part Time Love’ sees Banks with a sweet, pained lilt to his singing against stripped back guitar riffs; more proof of Banks’ vocal versatility.