South London artist Oscar Jerome today confirms release details for the ‘Subdued EP’ – due out January 26, 2018 – alongside a video for the title track & lead single. This new four-track collection will follow Oscar’s 2016 self-titled debut EP, which drew praise from the likes of Radio 1, Boiler Room, 1Xtra and 6Music. In support of the forthcoming EP, Oscar will perform a headline show at London’s Montague Arms on January 31, 2018, with tickets on sale here. This follows a sold-out Servant Jazz Quarters show earlier this month & a support slot opening for Songhoy Blues across their UK tour through November & December. Watch the new video for ‘Subdued’ here.
Produced in part by Wu-Lu, Maxwell Owin and Oscar himself, and featuring collaborators such as Moses Boyd (Binker & Moses) and The Fader-tipped Poppy Ajudha, ‘Subdued’ finds Jerome’s captivating blend of jazz, hip-hop, and electronica refracted through the disfunction of modern society. Says Oscar of the up-tempo title track; “I wanted to try and comment on the arrogance of our Western culture and certain people’s inability to view their existence as something much bigger than their own ego. I’m not going to point any fingers, take from it what you will.”
The track – with a spiralling outro propelled by Oscar’s accomplished guitar work – is accompanied by an otherworldly video, shot solely using infrared across the arid Norfolk coastline. Speaking about the clip – inspired by conceptual photographer Richard Mosse’s infrared work shot in the Congo – Oscar says; “Myself, director Dashti Jahfar and artist Gaurab Thakali went out there over a weekend – we drove and walked for miles and miles, camped over-night on location. The strange look the extreme colours give went well with the message of the song. This faceless character represents a lot of things, but in the simplest sense they personify the misguided, arrogant and ultimately insignificant western human, running themselves into their own destruction.”
Recently profiled by i-D alongside fellow rising stars of London’s emerging jazz scene – including Tiana Major9, Yussef Dayes and Poppy Ajudha – the ‘Subdued’ EP sees Oscar aligning his own electronica and hip-hop with the influence of the likes of Gil Scott Heron and Jay Dilla. The EP also thrums with Oscar’s talent as a guitarist – having originally relocated to London to study jazz guitar at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, studies there were soon dropped in favour of buzz-building performances at Peckham’s Steez and Dalston’s Total Refreshment Centre.
Prior to his London headline date at The Montague Arms on January 31, 2018, Oscar will tour the UK with Songhoy Blues throughout November and December, ahead of debut New York shows as part of Gilles Peterson’s BBC Introducing sessions on January 6 and 10, 2018.
November 27 | The Old Market, Brighton (w/ Songhoy Blues)
November 28 | Church, Leeds (w/ Songhoy Blues)
November 29 | Academy 2, Manchester (w/ Songhoy Blues)
December 1 | Anson Room, Bristol (w/ Songhoy Blues)
December 3 | Oran Mor, Glasgow (w/ Songhoy Blues)
January 6 | The Blue Note, New York
January 10 | Winter Jazzfest (BBC Showcase), Poisson Rouge, New York
January 31 | The Montague Arms, London