Jai Paul - Crush (Jennifer Paige cover)
Holy guacamole Batman!
Jai Paul, one of my most highly anticipated artists has just released his debut album unannounced, six years after premiering his first track BTSTU.
The unconventional approach in which he’s released it is nothing short of what I have come to expect from the mysterious England-based artist. The untitled tracks have been uploaded onto Bandcamp without any warning from Jai Paul's record label XL. Blogs are speculating on the authenticity of the album, but people familiar with the Everlasting demo leaks will recognise many of the mastered versions of material that has previously surfaced on the internet (such as his hit Jasmine).
The album is spliced full of obscure film dialogue and skits but there are still plenty of gems to be found on the album. One highlight on the album is Track 7, thought to be a cover of Jennifer Paige's 1998 pop single, Crush. You can check out the rest of the album here.
Download - Crush
Jai Paul - Chix
One of the most promising r&b acts from the 00s and the 10s is Jai Paul. He has such a revolutionary approach to production, fusing symphonic synthesizers, an etherial voice and a mysterious persona that would make the most reclusive hermit seem like a showpony.
Like the limelight Jai Paul has recieved so far, Chix is short-lived. The 50 something second track is over before it can really morph into a fully recognised song but there is more than enough presence and feeling behind the song than 94% of music on the radio at the moment.
If you aren’t up to speed with Jai Paul's criminally short catalogue of demos and leaks, I suggest you get acquainted with the recently released (or leaked?) mixtape Everlasting which features all of the music he has made that has surfaced to date.
You can download all 10 tracks for free from here and finish off the mix in 20 minutes flat. Much more efficient than the speed it has taken Jai Paul to actually make the music. Listen to this in the meantime, as we can only hope against hope that an album does eventually does materialise from the incognito British icon.
Toro y Moi - So Many Details
Rather than plague you with so many details, I’m going to let this smooth electronic, neo-soul track do the talking.
This music is recommended for fans of Jai Paul, J. Dilla and all other things laid back and funky.
So Many Details will appear on Toro y Moi's upcoming album Anything in Return due out in January 2013.
Jai Paul - Jasmine
It took me a few days to get my head around the latest release from UK’s Jai Paul.
He has practically distorted every instrument in the song but it still remains very listenable. The synths and bassline sound filtered and submerged while Jai’s own smooth crooning soars above the effects.
This is very much a funky r&b track. It will be interesting to see what other music Jai Paul is capable of when he releases his debut album later this year.
If you have not heard it already, you need to check out this remix of the man’s amazing debut track BTSTU.