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1) “Follow” – Jono McCleery
On Friday 20 November, Jono McCleery released his new album. This is one of the singles from it and it is a lovely track. It’s based off an improvised soundcheck he did a few years ago that was fortunately recorded by someone working with him at the time, allowing him to revisit the work. It’s a shame to see the terrific “To Keep a Memory” didn’t make the album cut as that was a gut-wrenching piece for lockdown times. But life isn’t perfect. “Follow” takes a few listens but after that you’ll be sold; a lovely voice accompanied by gentle guitar.
Album: “Here I Am and There You Are” (2020)
Label: Ninety Days Records
2) “Guest” – Danalogue, Alabaster DePlume
Danalogue (a member of The Comet is Coming) and Alabaster DePlume, who I have been enjoying more and more recently with the release of his latest work, come together for the first time on their debut album “I Was Not Sleeping”.
The duo met at London’s Total Refreshment Centre, a place that’s becoming an incubator for the London jazz scene. Discovering a mutual love of Japanese anime film company Studio Ghibli, they hit it off and the album is the result of this friendship. This track ends the album and it’s a powerful finish; all encompassing, using a lot of sounds. The album is meant to represent the chaos the UK is currently in.
Album: “I Was Not Sleeping” (2020)
Label: Total Refreshment Centre
3) “Feels Right” – Biig Piig
“Feel Right” is the Irish artist’s third single of the year, following on from”‘Switch” and “Don’t Turn Around”. Further gaining credentials to become a future indie classic with this fun, upbeat track. A talent to keep the eye on.
It is a track about the energy of a night out. Biig Piig explains “I miss going out so much… The feeling of letting go and being surrounded by sweaty people; meeting strangers and one-night romances; the tunes and ecstasy.”
Single: “Feels Right” (2020)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
I really enjoyed the original from earlier in the year when life was simpler. This is a good remix. Not much to be found online about it, but LA Priest seems be giving his masters to a host of renowned producers such as Yuno and Soulwax and the results have been interesting. Perhaps remixes are now becoming a staple for artists to help them bleed out any morsel from the bone dry streaming payments that they can.
Single: “What Moves (Yuno Remix)” (2020)
Label: Domino Recording Co Ltd
Jai Paul artist profile
Where do we start with one of the most prestigious underground acts of the 21st century?
Jai Paul is an English songwriter, record producer and recording artist from Rayners Lane, London. He is signed to XL.
It all began when Jai Paul’s 2007 demo recording “BTSTU” received widespread music blog coverage throughout 2010 after being found on his Myspace page.
Following a bidding war between record labels, XL released Jai Paul’s reworked “BTSTU (Edit)” to acclaim in 2011. Off the back of this, Drake and Beyoncé both sampled the song in two of their tracks released that year cementing Jai Paul as a talented producer.
In 2012, Jai Paul uploaded a new demo titled “Jasmine (demo)” to his SoundCloud page, subsequently receiving an official release via XL. Many positive reviews followed with comparisons to Prince and more highlighting his production abilities.
Disaster struck: in 2013 an unknown user uploaded a number of untitled tracks to Bandcamp. Hours after the page’s appearance, music press picked up on it and publicised it, reporting the music as Jai Paul’s. Jai Paul decided to go silent for a long time following this (6 years!). Both label and artist maintain that they did not upload it. Although critics say it was a clever marketing ploy.
In 2016, Jai Paul and his brother A. K. Paul announced a new project titled Paul Institute. This still operates today and releases their own music while helping others with production.
Finally, 2019 came and Jai Paul returned from his hiatus with the official release of his leaked demo album, “Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)” and a new double single including the magnificent “He”.
Rumours are constantly flying around and Jai Paul is nothing but mysterious, however he is obviously a genuine talent that has had an impact on the music industry with just a few songs. Recently he re-uploaded “He” to streaming services adding an extra bit to the end of the song. Could this mean more to come? Unsurprisingly this extra length “He” is no longer available…
Stand-out tracks: “He” (2019), “Genevieve – Unfinished” (2013), “Str8 Outta Mumbai” (2013)
Albums: “Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)” (2013)