JAMIE ISAAC

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Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - JAZZ MON­ROE

Down­beat beat-maker crafts metic­u­lous bed­room idylls.

In Jamie Isaac’s lus­cious, mood-lit R&B is the faintest dis­com­fort, a lin­ger­ing threat that the whole struc­ture might sud­denly dis­in­te­grate. On his mas­ter­ful sec­ond al­bum, the choir­boy-turned-beat-maker beds down in this un­easy state, lac­ing op­u­lent pro­duc­tion with mi­nor-key anx­i­ety. He can sound­track vibe-heavy late-nighters (Eyes Closed) or Sun­dayafter­noon rever­ies (Maybe), but his best evokes some atem­po­ral splice of the two. Melt sends Isaac’s rich, bal­letic vo­cals danc­ing across a dis­em­bod­ied jazz lament, while Wings high­lights his kin­ship with fel­low in­som­niac and Brit school alum­nus King Krule: sweetly po­etic lyrics com­pli­cated by un­re­solved chords and a readi­ness to lux­u­ri­ate in de­spon­dency. Lis­ten To: Wings | De­light | Maybe

★★★

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