Following his debut single ‘Underpants’ in 2017 off the back of a list of credits and collaborations including Alxndr London, remixes for Flamingods, Kinder and Lunacre as well as producing at mysterious label PC Music – Happy Cat Jay is back with ‘Blame Game,’ a track that drops you immediately back in his world with chopped poppy bass guitar and his own vocal samples reminiscent of UK Garage. The multi-instrumentalist continues to surprise and delight throughout the track with an array of instruments and sounds, effortlessly switching between a half-time James Blake/post dubstep feel and some kind of hybrid Disco Garage. All underpinned by his crisp, clean and soulful vocal – the story comes thick and fast and we’re constantly reminded of the multi-faceted talent of this character.
“I’m really proud of this record. I’ve been working so hard on my vocals and listening to a shit load of new music. On ‘Blame Game’ I’ve tried to continue with this faux-sexy vibe and I’m feeling confident playing around with that. Blame Game is about relationships with addicts and other mental health issues but more so it’s about the uplifting realisation that actually I’m my own person and I don’t have to subscribe to that life. Sometimes we have the power to cut that negativity out of our lives. I also had a great time working with Frances Waterbury on this tune – her BVs and vibes have added so much to this and the rest of the EP.”
It’s a groovy, understated dance track with more outrageous production and enough colourful sub-bass to wave a stick at. Happy Cat Jay continues to shine as he opens his personality up further and starts to bring other musicians and creatives into his playful fold.