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The North London-based artist Lee Michael Stevens steps away from The Swagger to take audiences on a personal journey. His first solo single “I Miss U Now”, co-wrote with brother Paul Stevens, is a taste of a long-player due in 2022, and it is a tantalising prospect. Here Lee is soaking up the atmosphere under the grey London sky. Both Britpop and balladesque, there is a lot to unpack from “I Miss U Now”. It is acoustic but energetic, with a thread of humanity, love and loss pulsing throughout. Both the production by Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, and the string arrangements by David Tims add beauty to the otherwise streetwise themes. In some ways it is obviously reminiscent of The Swagger, though there is a lot more of the personality of Lee Michael Stevens on display, teetering between sneering confidence and hopeless heartbreak. All-in-all a cracking first step in what promises to be a worthwhile journey.
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