Inside – [Gareth Donkin]
Musically, Gareth Donkin knows his sweet spot. It’s hidden in a flurry of soul-soaked melodies, and an impeccable ear for production, which he handles himself(!), might I add. Add this to the growing popularity of the R&B scene in the UK right now, and it becomes clear that there’s a feasible lane for Donkin’s heartful music to grow. Today, the man himself is here to take the next step on that path, continuing his hot streak with a new single titled “Inside.” Released right at the top of the year, “Inside” is a gorgeous offering to head into 2020 with. The production, smooth as can be and endlessly impassioned, seems to clear listeners’ skin with every successive drum beat, while Donkin’s vocals slide all over this apt backdrop of sound. Meanwhile, creating the emotional structure of the release, the lyrics yearn for a sense of genuine connection, hooked together with the chorus, “you oughtta see the side of me that hurts.” Gareth Donkin is making top-tier soul music out of his dorm room in the UK, and for that, I predict that 2020 might just be his year. Hop on the Donkin wave early and stream the beautiful “Inside” below!