Sensational is the only word for the soul voice of this 27-year-old British Nigerian, who grew up in Birmingham. His baritone rings out like a bronze bell. Powerful, expressive, full and deep, and with an irresistible rough edge. The impressive blues of Chainsmoking – the sound of the chain gang, but for the digital age – brought him his biggest (radio) hit. Jacob’s soul is both timeless and totally ‘now’, as demonstrated by his overwhelming debut album Village, a sultry love-in between soul, gospel, r&b, hip-hop, African grooves, dancehall and 808 synths with very cool, contemporary beats.