Mnek is the host of a very special dinner party in the official video for his new single, ‘Tongue’. The clip was directed by the incredible Bradley & Pablo (Charli XCX, Frank Ocean, Migos, Cardi B). ‘Bradley & Pablo hit me up on Instagram around the time I was finishing the album and I was already a huge fan of their work, so it really was amazing to get to collaborate with them for the “Tongue” video. It’s set at a dinner party and alternates between reality and fantasy to capture this unspoken tension between me and this guy. I wanted to challenge black masculinity in a fun and sassy way. I’m dancing in the video, which I’m excited about! I also got to have my friends in it, like Becky Hill, A*M*E and K Stewart for the dinner party! It’s my favourite video, and I had the best time shooting it!’ Mnek explains.
The UK’s most prolific pop polymath will release his debut solo album later this year, with ‘Tongue’ having received its world premiere on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. Sounding like Bobby Brown’s creative peak reinterpreted through the technicolour glow and wit of RuPaul’s Drag Race, ‘Tongue’ is the mark of Mnek planting his own flag firmly in the sand as one of the most important and talented artists in modern pop.
Still only 23 years old, Mnek has already clocked up an astonishing ten years in the business, having signed a publishing deal aged just 14. With his early material like ‘Never Forget You’ and wider collaborations, he has an impressive 1 billion streams to his name. The list of people he's written and produced for along the way is hard to quantify - Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Madonna, Diplo, MØ, Rudimental, Julia Michaels and Stormzy to name but a few. Now is the time for Mnek to take centre stage, with 'Tongue' suggesting a talent whose focus is now firmly on his career as the UK's most essential popstar.