Though far from your average teenager, Mabel’s songwriting draws vividly on the vulnerability and growing pains of Coming of Age. She started playing piano at the age of five, as inspired by emerging R&B – choreographing routines to Destiny’s Child or Lauryn Hill with her sister – as the discipline and emotional honesty of Jazz (with local Swedish musicians frequently filling the house). Exposed to life on the road and frequently falling asleep to the vibrations of heavy bass, Mabel soon realised that her family weren’t as ordinary as she’d always thought (her Mum and Dad are Neneh Cherry and Massive-Attack producer Cameron McVey).
Intimidated by their reputation and keen, like any would-be rebellious teen, to follow her own path, Mabel made out she wanted nothing to do with music throughout her childhood. Then, she quietly enrolled to study production and music theory at college in Stockholm, refusing to play anyone bar her best friend her songs and teaming up with fellow prodigal-producer Josh Crocker in Leeds to complete debut offering ‘Know Me Better’. Having since signed with Polydor, soulful and contemplative second track ‘My Boy My Town’ confirms Mabel as a refreshing, positive voice in Pop, still grappling with the teething problems of growing up – but with music inescapably in her blood.