Say Sumthin I Just Wanna Hear a Sound. UK singer Zak Abel first showed up on "Higher," a track from the influential dance producer Wookie, two years ago, and found himself in demand more or less instantly. Now he's released two of his own EPs, and the more recent one features a sweet little collaboration with Kaytranada, a Montreal producer who's done lots of other stuff I like.
In this case, Abel told RWD that the song emerged from a sort of collision of fear and happenstance after Kaytranada had sent him some beats to play with. "The night before a writing session, someone very close to me was getting on a long haul flight and as I’m really scared of flying, I just wanted them to 'say something' and tell me that they had arrived safely. Coincidentally, there was a beat called 'Say Something' so I knew straight away that I should take that into my writing session the following day."
And just like that, he's taken flight.