Mack Keane’s upbeat and feel-good can be directly traced to a lineage of soul-pop crooners who were themselves influenced by a whole separate generation of notable soul-pop crooners. Inspiration begets inspiration. While pop music can at times be extremely whim- or trend-driven, soul music is part of a tradition, and one that the 20-year-old Keane felt the need to subscribe to.
Once the irresistible earworm of that staccato key pattern comes in during “I Would”, one of the many dance-ready burners off Keane’s debut 2107 EP, it’s impossible not to hear a touch of Jamie Lidell and Bruno Mars mixed up into his sound. It’s proudly traditional and also undeniably contemporary.