Jamie Isaac Tickets

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Jamie IsaacSticky Mike's Frog BarBrighton19:30View
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Performing atTramlinesSheffield - The Ponderosa, Devonshire Green & The Folk ForestSheffield12:00View
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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 arresting, and the delicate textures of his electronic production infectious, no one facet can explain the singularity of what he does. Instead, rather its the atmospheres conjured and the unchartered territories explored within each little marvel of a 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 bucolic, often amphibious daydreams to alien effect. In his world near-choral incantations battle and 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 really powerful about performing a 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 the craft of hip hop. 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 one of the most accomplished beat-makers 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 owndebut in Zoo Kid’s ‘Out Getting Rib’s’. When dealing with musical depth and tender years it’s always easy to label this things prodigious, but what’s harder to pin-point and more exciting to consider, is if this EP release represents Jamie Isaac’s first chapter, then what could the rest of this story possibly resemble.

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