T.O.L.D.’s Dan Smith doesn’t branch out much on his debut EP, Heaven, but what he does accomplish he does so because of his laser-like focus. Drawing from all of modern-day glossy synth-pop and adding in a heap of Jamie xx production influence, he captures what Sam Smith would sound like with a real beat behind him. The title track is probably the highlight here, which combines the best elements from the other tracks and expands on them: he even says that it serves as “kind of an explanation of how I recorded the first two.” T.O.L.D’s sound is very in vogue right now, so expect to be seeing him around a lot. Listen below.
Heaven is out 11/18 on IAMSOUND