When you hear the urban pop gloss covering the lithe, un-accented singing voice of Mikky Ekko, it's hard to believe that one of the most intriguing voices in pop music right now hails from languid Louisiana. But listen to any of his songs—the lushly-arranged space cadet-speed of "Pull Me Down" produced by Clams Casino, or the bluesy grit sticking to the jungle rumble of "Who Are You Really"—and it's clear Mikky Ekko's music is like an avant-garde earthquake, the sum of many strange parts. In January of 2013, when a little song called "Stay" was released and performed as a duet between Rihanna and Ekko, the Barbadian goddess helped put the relatively unknown artist above the mainstream radar. Considering Ekko was the guy who wrote the chart-smashing pop ballad that played non-stop for all of 2013, they both have each other to thank.
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