The singer, who collaborated with Rihanna on her recent single 'Stay', explained that music fans want to hear genuine emotion in songs.
"Frank Ocean is amazing. Guys like him, some of Kendrick Lamar's stuff and Angel Haze, especially her track 'Cleaning Out My Closet' - it tears my heart out," Ekko told Gigwise.
"People need that stuff. Everything has become so accessible, but most people rarely take the time to really appreciate music.
"What I know is that I have a gift for communicating with people and go to where someone is hurting. People want real. I'm just trying to be open with where I'm flawed, where I'm hurting.
"That's what I want - people to connect with me. Then I don't have to figure out how I'm going to 'out-cool' my last record. I'll just keep being myself and if the record sucks, then it just means I'm in a boring place."
Watch Mikky Ekko's video for 'Pull Me Down' below: