Dubbed ‘little Luther’ by his family who soon heard what we’re now fortunate enough to hear ourselves, Michigan based artist/producer Daniel Wilson was born with a voice that simply oozes soul. It would be over simplifying his talent to drop his name alongside the greats, but it also wouldn’t be fair to – Wilson doesn’t need the burden. This is modern soul with a healthy, digital pulse, but it’s a sound all of its maker’s creation.
Allowing the gospel music of his family home to infiltrate his DNA as a child, but feeling more empowered to create by using file-sharing programs, 24 year old Wilson writes stylish, electric pop music and sends it skyward with that fascinatingly accomplished vocal. “Wedding Daze” is the EP’s opening number, and it positively radiates with an energy and colour. It’s a song not encumbered by trying to fit neatly into a pocket or self-serving playlist category, yet it’s a song for Saturday nights, and a song for Sunday mornings. A party favorite, and a chill-out staple. It’s the sound of a young musician wanting to write a show-stopper, and confident enough to paint it in technicolour.
The four tracks on the EP saw Wilson work alongside producers Matt Hales (Disclosure), Jimmy Harry (Madonna), and Jimmy Hogarth (Sia), to give additional, vivid brightness to the artist’s bedroom recordings.