Jamie Isaac is a songwriter, producer and performer from south east London; leaving school alongside longtime collaborator and housemate Archy Marshall (aka King Krule), the classically trained vocalist and pianist gained notoriety through a string of low-key EP releases, performances, remixes and features.
Since signing to Marathon Artists’ imprint House Anxiety in 2014 he has been harnessing a sound that has taken him into the hazy no-mans-land between jazz, RnB, soul, hip hop and electronica. His debut album, ‘Couch Baby’ is the stunning summation of the young talent’s journey so far.
He describes his own music as “brooding, cinematic and minimalist.” A soundscape, which sways from ambient melody to head bopping grooves. He has received widespread critical acclaim – particularly from Pitchfork, The Fader, Dazed, Complex, Dummy, and The Guardian (who named him in in their Future 50 shortlist of ones to watch, and credited ‘Couch Baby’ as one of the best records of 2016).
With earworm crooning, and an emotive depth and dynamic palette, his music sounds as natural next to the trippy jazz of Thundercat as it does the spacious atmospherics of The xx, or the luscious neo-soul of Frank Ocean. It is heavily influenced by what he calls, “the west coast, golden era of jazz,” and, “Marvin Gaye, always.”