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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