Tyler James gained a rejuvenated career thanks to The Voice UK, but I’ve always had goodwill for him on the strength of his two poptastic nuggets “Why Do I Do” & “Foolish”. The former Amy Winehouse’s friend is now back on Island (the label that dropped him in the past), and just released a new album entitled “A Place I Go”. Lead single “Single Tear” was a decent rewrite of “Cry Me A River”, even if I find most of the album rather rushed and MOR. I appreciate that it was a uniformed throwback to mid-’00s R&B but individually the tracks just weren’t strong enough and the production came off as dated rather than nostalgic. Not my cup of tea, I guess.
With that said, the true keeper is track 11 “Written In Stone” – co-written by Jamie Woon & ’80s singer/songwriter Nik Kershaw. It’s an elegant R&B-lite ballad with a subtle postdubstep production. You can definitely tell that Woon had a hand in writing it, and I’d love to hear his own version. James’ vocals sounded a bit strained and seasoned, compared to Woon’s buttery tones.
STREAM: Tyler James – Written In Stone
The Voice finalists are not exactly known for commercial success, but I do hope he won’t be written off just yet.
Yes, I am well aware this my second Lana Del Rey remix post within a week. However, this new one just popped up and it’s just too good to ignore. British crooner/producer Jamie Woon‘s rework of “Video Games” is by far my favorite of the bunch, serving up Timbaland-by-way-of-Bristol beats, ghostly synths and pitch shifts, all of which makes for a strangely alluring pop-noir groove. Do check it out below!
STREAM: Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)
My favorite rising UK act, Jamie Woon, went back to basics for his Live Lounge visit. With only a guitar, he performed his latest single “Lady Luck” and a cover of Adele‘s mega-hit “Someone Like You”. And what an incredible, soulful voice he has! It’s a fantastic cover, even if it kinda veered dangerously close to Jason Mraz territory. Woon’s debut, Mirrorwriting, drops April 18 in UK. No US release plans yet, but I seriously hope he will tour here this summer. If he learnt from his SXSW gigs and practiced more, his live show could be amazing. Stream/download the cover below. Grab an acoustic version & a cool remix of “Lady Luck” after the jump.
As a big fan of dubstep producer Burial, I believe that his 2007 remix of British soul-crooner Jamie Woon’s “Wayfaring Stranger” was definitely among his best works. After 3 years, the two finally went ahead and collaborated on a full-on, more pop-oriented but still dubstep-influenced sound. And the result is nothing short of amazing. Jamie Woon’s brand new Burial-produced single “Night Air” is one of the freshest, most brilliant electronic singles I’ve heard this year. It’s the essential mood music for this weather. Burial’s crispy beats and atmospheric production perfectly complement Woon’s soulful vocals. His way of delicately enunciating every word really accented the introspective, wistful mood of the song, while getting too mushy. That final beat switch is just… wow.
The video for the track finally premiered today, and it’s exactly how I envision it should be. It makes me want to walk through the woods while pensively look into the distance. Together, Woon and Burial can really get where Massive Attack used to be. I’d love a whole album of this, please.
Watch the gorgeous video, stream the excellent Ramadanman remix, or get the old “Wayfaring Stranger” remix after the jump.