'Get Lucky' star teams up with 'Stay' songwriter
Michael Baggs

10:25 6th August 2013

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Rising US star Mikky Ekko has confirmed he is working with Pharrell Williams on his debut album.

Ekko, who first came to international attention with his Rihanna collaboration 'Stay', has since established himself as a major new talent on the music scene with solo singles 'Pull Me Down' and 'Kids'. Currently working on his debut album, it has now been confirmed that 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines' superstar Pharrell Williams has joined the guestlist for his debut record.

Other producers involved in the album include John Hill (MIA, SantiGold), Elof (Niki & The Dove) and Clams Casino, who produced 'Pull Me Down'.

Watch Mikky Ekko's 'Kids' video below


Mikky Ekko has also announced a new, intimate London gig taking place on 16 September 2013 at St Pancras Old Church. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday, 9 August 2013. For more information, visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

Mikky Ekko is one of the most exciting new artists to emerge from the US in 2013

Mikky Ekko recently revealed that after he finished work on 'Stay', which he recorded with Rihanna, he wasn't able to listen to the track at first - despite the success it eventually brought his way.

"When we finished writing that song it was too much for me. I couldn't listen to it, I didn't like it," he told Gigwise. "I was so worried about being pigeonholed as the male answer to thing, I couldn't see the forest for the trees. It was uncomfortable for me to be so vulnerable. It taught me how important that was, especially right now.

"That's why record like 'Video Games' and Adele's stuff really took off."

Below: the coolest men in music, 2013

  • Frank Ocean: Whether it's making damn sexy R&B revival music, or being honest about his sexuality on debut album Channel Orange, Ocean goes about all his business with the same class and style.

  • Daft Punk: The coolest robots on earth (or anywhere else in the universe, we suspect), Pharrell was willing to play tambourine to get involved in the duo's new album. What does that tell you?

  • Jai Paul: In most part cool due to the serious lack of information about him, Jai Paul's still to arrive album is perhaps the most hyped unreleased material ever.

  • Josh Homme: Josh Homme's coolness is evidenced by the vast amount of respected musicians desperate to work with him, either on QOTSA albums or otherwise.

  • Pharrell Williams: Just the coolest man in the world at the moment, with everyone clambering over each other to be able to include his name in their album credits - oh yeah, and then there's 'that' Daft Punk track of course...

  • Jesse Rutherford (The Neighbourhood): The tattooed mastermind behind Californian band The Neighbourhood, Rutherford's calm demeanour and careful planning make him one of the coolest new arrivals in music.

  • David Bowie: Cooler than almost anyone else, Bowie's been cool across four decades. Pretty much no one can say that.

  • Archie Marshall (King Krule): Releasing under a number of monikers and drawing praise from all quarters, Marshall continues to casually go about his business.

  • A$AP Rocky: The hottest property in rap at the moment, A$AP's forward thinking views and wide reaching collaborations lift him about his peers.

  • Flying Lotus: Steven Ellison's brand of experimental laptop electronica is instantly cool and has an uncommon cross-genre appeal

  • Theo Hutchinson (Hurts): Image isn't everything, but it also isn't nothing and the Hurts frontman's ability to pull of a suit and buttoned up shirt in any weather is something to behold.

  • Oliver Sim (The xx): Carrying himself with a quiet dignity, The xx's Oliver Sim represents a very British sort of cool.

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