Jamie Woon is back with his first new piece of original music since the release of his debut album Mirrorwriting back in 2011. ‘Sharpness’ is the the first single taken from a soon-to-be-announced album due for release later in the year on new label home, PMR Records, joining Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Dornik among others… a perfect fit.
The track landed in the hands of Pharrell a few weeks back who, unbeknown to Jamie, played it on his Beats 1 show of which then Disclosure played it on a show on BBC Radio 1. In a recent interview he spoke about drawing inspiration from D’Angelo’s Voodoo, the process of recording as a live band and the almost lost art of artists using real instruments in their rhythm section in the composition of their records.
Taken from Portico’s album Living Fields, released on March 30th 2015 on Ninja Tune.
Portico’s album “Living Fields” (bought forward 1 week to a 30th March release date on Ninja Tune) is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change. You could also say that the band Portico themselves have undergone a process of ending and re-beginning.
Portico are Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie. Previously they were three-quarters of the highly successful and critically-acclaimed Portico Quartet. But “Living Fields” is no continuation under a shortened name. As far as the band are concerned this is a debut.
There are three remarkable singers on this record: Joe Newman (Alt-J), Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery.
Living Fields is out 30 March via Ninja Tune. Catch the band in the UK on the dates below.
UK Tour Dates
13-Mar Guildford, Boiler Room
16-Mar Ramsgate, Music Hall
18-Mar London, Village Underground (Convergence Festival)
18-Apr Bristol, Colston Hall
19-Apr Brighton, The Haunt
20-Apr Dublin, Whelans
21-Apr Leeds, The Wardrobe
22-Apr Sheffield, O2 Academy
23-Apr Norwich, The Waterfront
25-Apr Nottingham, Rock City Basement
26-Apr Manchester, Academy 3
27-Apr Liverpool, Kazimier
28-Apr Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
Royce learnt his production skills living above a studio with his pal Jamie Woon. He writes and records in stolen midnight hours when the studio is empty. Before revealing his own work he’s played in Jamie’s band, produced the forthcoming Jono McCleery album for Ninja Tune and contributed tracks for Kwabs forthcoming album.
On Nuff, Royce vocals alongside some close friends, on a broken electronic song that recalls something in the middle of James Blake and Prince. Debut EP details to be announced soon.