Within the opening bars of his debut EP 'I Will Be Cold Soon', it suddenly becomes very clear that 18-year-old singer/producer Jaime Isaac inhabits a space like no other emerging talent. While his voice may be flooring, his command of the piano totally arresting, and the delicate textures of his electronic production infectious, no one facet of his sound explains the singularity of what he does. Instead, rather its the atmospheres conjured and the unchartered territories explored within each little marvel of track that comprise his unique vision. The space he creates is mind-bogglingly vast, and one where the brutalist greyscale of his native metropolis meets the warming slipstreams of his pastoral daydreams to alien effect. In his world near-choral incantations marry with minimalist jazz tones, post-rock layering and swaggering beats and couplets in a way that's sometimes experimental, but always enveloping.
Born and raised in Croydon, Jamie discovered at an early age what a powerful form of escapism music could be for him. Joining a successful local choir aged-11, he not only discovered the incredible tone of his own singing voice (yes, those seraphim sounds on 'Softly Draining Seas', are him on backing vocals), but the immersive, transportive properties of truly grand musical composition. "There's something very powerful about performing a really huge piece of music that's had so much time and thought put into creating it," he says. "It becomes something you can totally lose yourself within."
It was these newly stoked fires that drove him to take his music seriously, earning a place at his local music school and honing in on piano as his primary instrument throughout his teens. It was here that he and his peers began first obsessing with the never-ending vortex of jazz, first with the greats, but before long with the avant-garde minimalism of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, whose sense of space and adventure leave their mark across 'I Will Be Cold Soon'. It was also there that he and his teenage friends, as many do, cultivated a love for hip hop craft. Certainly there's a street culture that runs throughout his sonics, from the foundations of Premier and Dilla, through to more evolved UK bass sounds like Mount Kimbie. Before long Jamie would become the most accomplished beat-maker within his peer group, leading to a poignant collaborative relationship with classmate Archy Marshall aka King Krule. Fitting then that this debut will be released via House Anxiety, the same imprint that gave the world Marshall's own debut in Zoo Kid's 'Out Getting Ribs'. It's easy and predictable to label this debut EP prodigious given its depth and his tender years, but what's harder to pin-point and more exciting to consider, is if this release represents his first chapter then what could the rest of this story resemble.
The EP will be released on deluxe 12-inch vinyl and digital.
1. Can See
2. Softly Draining Seas
3. I Will Be Cold Soon
4. Hardened Front
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