This album feels like it’s been years in the making, and my god has it been worth the wait. After signing to Syco in 2016 but deciding the fit wasn’t right last year, he’s released a debut that’s sure to stop many people in their tracks. “Memories” is easily one of the best-flowing, most cohesive album I’ve heard for a long time.
The use of brass in “Longing for Your Love” especially really adds an element of interest that you don’t find so much in a lot of songs at the moment. Following on from that “Serious” is possibly my favourite song on the album – if I had to pick right now – I have found it so catchy and just a pure delight to listen to. His sound combines elements of like Blues, Soul and Jazz in a way that’s effortlessly modern. The flow of this record takes you on a journey with Suleiman in every song and they all fit together like pieces of a puzzle, which feels like something he worked really hard to achieve.
Right now, I’m just gonna take a minute to gush about Ady’s Voice. It’s beyond phenomenal. He has an absolutely jaw-dropping range, and besides that, his voice is just lovely. It sounds like the feeling of eating chocolate, it’s so smooth and sweet and it just makes me so so happy. From the start of cheeky, but almost dorky “I Remember” right through to the end of “Sad Story”, “Memories” is a delight to listen to.
Overall this is honestly such a stunning debut and it really shows what Suleiman’s capable of and it feels like the start of something truly special.