Sleep Heavy Sound-system soulboys mint a minor Bristol classic
Jabu do a lot with a little. A trio formed from the ranks of Bristol’s Young Echo collective, their music is a ghostly, minimal take on R&B and soul informed by sound-system culture and the muted crackle of Burial. It would be remiss not to mention fellow Bristolians Tricky and Portishead – with the former, Jabu share an intoxicating sensuality, with the latter a romantic devastation that borders on the existential. But there’s no sense of throwback here. Alex Rendall’s gasping falsetto runs the gamut from the pure to the damned, while “Ona” and “Fool If” wind together vintage drum machines and cloudy synths into something wispy like weed smoke, but heavy as lead.