On Mabel’s latest, ‘Thinking of You,’ she steps away from the shadow-dwelling trip-hop, and plunges headlong into an Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child-channelling universe of slick, confessional Rn’B. Here, she’s got a special someone on the mind, and it’s distracting from absolutely everything.
“Driving on the wrong side, thinking of you,” Mabel sings over strolling drums and synthetic trills of string. It’s deliciously infectious, though it must be said that some of the song’s more novel distractions sound a bit dangerous to be honest. Eyes on the road, Mabes.
Dodgy driving aside, ‘Thinking of You’ doesn’t make a single wrong swerve. A straight-up banger that gets right to the point with no messing along the way, it’s the fast-rising singer’s boldest release to date.
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