Mkyel - Hold On EP
Record Label: Ntrang Music
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Mykel is the nom-de-plume of Irish singer/songwriter/producer Michael Fitzpatrick. Hold On is his debut EP.
How is it?
Fantastic. If it isn't the warm intricacy and immediacy of the titular track (which also serves as lead single) it is the haunting and ethereal wooziness of "Don't Give Up." Fitzpatrick has an innate ability to craft affecting songs with indelible choruses. On the title track, the song turns urban and never once does the cut waver or lose its traction. In fact, it only gets better and deeper, making for a most memorable four minutes.
Ditto on "Don't Give Up," which has a presence wise beyond its years and marks the arrival of someone that just might shake up the Irish charts. The simple beauty of Fiztpatrick is this: few singers have this kind of talent at this stage of their careers. While "Don't Give Up" can be seen as hazy or slow-rolling it is a perfect invitation for the coming summer.
The EP's other three are just as golden. "Sweet Valentine" begins celestial and airy and anchors itself in Fitzpatrick's sturdy vocals and a romantic hypnotism that is both enveloping and engaging. "Illuminate" is a slow-moving valentine that begins as something borderline cinematic before segueing into a buzzy pop ditty. Even a spoken word bit in the middle half goes by unscathed. In less capable hands such a charade might sound corny and hopelessly cheesy, but with Fitzpatrick it is anything but.
Arguably the EP's most commercial offering is the Caribbean nightclub stomper "Rocaboom," which features guest vocals from Neekz. As much a song for weekends as it is for Miami's South Beach, "Rocaboom" is a dynamite pop song and more proof of why Mykel is mere months away from stardom.