Evan Sinton has come a long way since coming third as a 17-year-old on the 2012 TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Adopting the moniker Maala and swapping acoustic balladry for sleek electro-pop, the young Kiwi is now poised to become New Zealand’s latest breakout international artist. Synths whoosh, pulse and glide in all the right places as he croons his hook-laden tales of love and heartbreak, and while the emphasis is mainly on mid-tempo grooves, there’s a juicy dancefloor punch to Kind Of Love, a co-write with US hitmaker MoZella, who co-wrote Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball. If you loved the latest Broods album, then make this will be right up your street. (Sony)