On the eve of release of singer/producer Jamie Isaac‘s highly anticipated debut album Couch Baby, the South Londoner streams the album in full over at Noisey. It comes with fine praise, being described as “the greatest album of its kind we’ve heard so far this year,” and “a modern-day classic for every red-eyed and cotched music fan.”
Over the past few weeks Isaac has showcased the breadth of influences found on Couch Baby by sharing tracks like the beautifully languorous “Pigeon” and “Know U Like Me,” the melancholic new single “Find The Words,“ the jazz-addled “CNT U SEE” and first single “Last Drip” which was accompanied by a long form video featuring his most ambitious composition yet, “All My Days.” The video was shot by Grammy nominated director Dexter Navy (A$AP Rocky’s ‘L$D’) and included cameos from famous collaborators King Krule and Rejjie Snow – you can view it here. All tracks are available immediately when you pre-order the album.
Steadily gaining notoriety over the last couple of years through a string of taster releases, remixes and features, with his self-produced debut album the prodigious 21-year-old finally paints his vision in vivid colours, the scope and scale of his quiet ambition writ beautifully large. Couch Baby follows his recent ‘Loose Grip’ mixtape release, which comprised remixes of his debut LP from his SE LDN collective (King Krule, Rejjie Snow, Jesse James, amongst others) and was launched with his very own Boiler Room alongside his collaborators.
Despite ring-leading the new South East London scene Jamie Isaac cuts his own distinct dash. Over the course of two acclaimed EPs, Blue Break and I Will Be Cold Soon, he carefully mapped out his music’s gorgeously sparse and brittle terrain, tying together strands of jazz, soul, R&B, classic hip hop and avant-garde electronica to stunning effect.
With influences as disparate as the 1950s/60s golden era of jazz and soul, 00s R&B, 90s hip hop, and futuristic electronics, it’s ultimately a sound which could only be born in 2016 by one voice, Jamie Isaac. He’s already earned firm fans as widespread as Pitchfork, Fader, Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, T Bone Burnett and Game Of Thrones heroine Gwendoline Christie, and is on route to becoming one of the most talked about UK talents of 2016.
Both vinyl and CD versions of Couch Baby will also come with collectors-edition fold-out fanzine featuring exclusive artwork and download details for the ‘Loose Grip’ mixtape, the first opportunity to own the mixtape in full.