Angel – Wonderful
Though Angel, otherwise known as Sirach Charles, has only been around in his current form for a fairly short while, he’s certainly no newbie. Following in the footsteps of his musician father, Angel’s been writing and performing since he was a child, even being signed for a short while at the tender age of 11.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing though. Some troubled teenage years saw Angel spend some time in Feltham Young Offenders Institute, something that served as a big wake up call. Nowadays he’s firmly focused on the music, releasing his own records as well as writing and producing for a range of other artists, including Rihanna, Roll Deep, Pixie Lott and Jason Derulo. His ‘7 Minutes Before Time’ EP piqued curiosities earlier this year, spawning something of an underground hit with the track ‘Go in, Go Hard’ featuring Wretch 32.If all this gives you the impression that Angel’s something of a workaholic, you’re probably right. He’s currently working on both his next mixtape and his debut album and it seems he thrives on the pressure
“It’s a good energy because it’s not like we’re working on the album and going ‘This needs to be sick, we need to finish this, we need more songs.’” He told Punchbowl “We’ve got the album, we’re still writing songs every day so that can add to our list of songs we’re gonna break down for the album and in between that time, we’ve got songs for the EP too, so it’s good energy, good hard work. You know sometimes people work and it’s just ‘Oh, I gotta do this, do that and hopefully one day it’ll pay off’ but what I’m doing is actually fun and I’m passionate. I love to finish a song off the album and then go ‘You know what? EP time.’ That’s what I love doing!”.
Angel’s latest track suggests he’s perfectly capable of managing every aspect of his game. At its core, it’s an uplifting ode to following your heart blessed with some supremely effective hooks, but it’s taken to the next level by the sonic inventiveness which underpins the melody. It’s a shifting arrangement of skittering breakbeats, crunchy overdriven guitars, soaring strings and dirty bass, that marks Angel out as one worth watching.