Modern soul has a new name. Widely tipped as one to watch in 2010, McLean releases his first single ‘My Name’ via Asylum Records on March 8.
Hailing from Dagenham, McLean has fought his way up through the UK urban scene working with Chase & Status, Tinie Tempah, Ironik, Tinchy Stryder and N‑Dubz along the way.
McLean’s voice is uniquely soulful, producer Fraser T Smith describes him as “The modern day Marvin Gaye”.
My Name showcases this voice, prompting a host of media to predict that McLean will be a major breakthrough act this year (including Radio 1Xtra, RWD, Metro and The Daily Star).
Originally produced by Slick and Magic in London, My Name was perfected in LA by Dylan ë3Dí Dresdow. Dylan is Will.I.Am’s long-term studio accomplice having recorded and mixed every Will.I.Am or Black Eyed Peas’ record since Elephunk, including the recent global hits Boom Boom Pow, I Got A Feeling and Meet You Halfway. Remixes come courtesy of arch-grimesters Scorcher and Boy Better Know (featuring Skepta, JME, and Shorty) with Ian Carey delivering house mixes.
My Name follows last years magical trailer record Broken. Leaked to media in September, Broken has amassed: 5 Million YouTube views; 20 Million views across Myspace, Bebo, Habbo, Last FM; a plethora of copy-cat cover versions from fans; whilst residing for 16 weeks in the Shazam Tag and TV Airplay charts. It also enjoyed incredible support from key urban stations including Choice, Kiss, Radio 1Xtra, AKA, Kiss TV, Flava and MTV Base.
After writing and appearing with Chase & Status on their More Than A Lot album, McLean teams up with an A‑list team of collaborators for his own debut album including producers: Fraser T Smith (the UKs most successful producer of 2009, with 3 Number 1s and Top 10 smashes for Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz and James Morrison), Naughty Boy (Chipmunk, Wiley), Simon Franglen (Leona Lewis, Michael Jackson, Avatar), Nate, Danjaí Hills (Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Timbaland, Britney, Pink, Nelly Furtado), Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Rihanna), Dylan, Dí Dresdow (Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys), and Phil Tan (Leona, Usher, Rihanna, One Republic, Snoop, Jay‑Z).