NZCA / Lines
NZCA/Lines a.k.a. Michael Lovett is the beguiling synth-pop project of a man determined to be the British Timbaland. He’s a one-man band, with polished pop melodies that bounce over well-produced R&B rhythms. He counts Aaliyah, Ciara, and Rihanna among his musical influences, along with Stravinski to up the cultural cred and, since big Timb’s taking his sweet time stirring up his next record, we’re quite happy listening to Lovett instead.