Evan Sinton has come a long way since coming third as a 17-year-old on the 2012 TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Adopting the moniker Maala and swapping acoustic balladry for sleek electro-pop, the young Kiwi is nicely placed to become New Zealand’s latest breakout international artist. Synths whoosh, pulse and glide in all the right places as he croons his hook-laden tales of love and heartbreak, and while the emphasis is mainly on mid-tempo grooves, there’s a juicy dancefloor punch to ‘Kind Of Love’, a co-write with US hitmaker MoZella, best known for co-writing Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’. If you loved the latest Broods album, then make this will be right up your street.
Release date: 29/07/16