Producer Malay to the rescue.


Zayn taps Mind Of Mine producer Malay for round two.

The former One Directioner manages to land high profile magazine covers despite not actually having anything to promote #King, and he’s done it again with VMan.

The pop star is opening up about his forthcoming record, which he describes as “organized” and “an evolution.” He also confirmed Malay’s participation, which is exciting because he’s responsible for producing and writing most of Mind Of Mine. If Zayn’s gripping stage fright didn’t get the best of him, that album could have really smashed.

Now for the quotes: “I feel like my songwriting definitely developed, just because I’ve been doing it so much. I feel like the songs are a bit more organized, where I felt like, before, that Mind of Mine was a brainstorm,” he tells VMan. “That’s why I called it Mind of Mine, because it was ideas that I had that I put out. This one is more thought out. I had more time to process everything and go through it all. It’s an evolution.”

Zayn wants to expand on his hybridized pop-R&B-soul sound heard on MoM. “There’s a couple of songs on the record that I’ve done with Malay that for me, personally, I’m really proud of,” Zayn says. “Just in the sense that I feel like they’re real songs. And I don’t mean to say that to discredit the songs that are out on the charts at the moment. I just feel like there’s something really classic about some of the music that we’ve done together, and for that reason, I’m really proud of some of the songs that are going to come out. I feel like it really shows me as a songwriter and a vocalist.”

The new record will also dabble in hip hop (it’s rumored he’s collaborating with Nicki Minaj, but he wouldn’t confirm), and pay homage to his heritage. “I definitely focused on that for a couple of songs on this record that got this same underlying tone of India and the place that my grandparents originally came from. There’s definitely influences of that in there. Hopefully people like it this time around, as well.”

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