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As with Frank Ocean, his arsenal comprises a seductive falsetto croon, an ability to channel past greats (Prince’s smutty fingerprints are all over Told You So), and slick, modern arrangements — layering funk guitar and liquid keys over low-end hip-hop grooves on the lysergic Banana Clipper, or Caramelo Duro’s lively Latin strut — leaving little doubt that its creator is a hypnotic, buoyant nu-soul talent.
• Miguel. War and Leisure. RCA.
• ★★★★ (out of five)
Single download: Sky Walker
For those who like: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Prince
— John Hayden