All’s been quiet on the Jamie Woon front since he finished the campaign for his 2011 debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’. There’s been glimpses of him here and there, via collaborations with Disclosure (‘January’) and Banks (‘This Is What It Feels Like’). But for the last two years there’s been radio silence.
Then, in April, he appeared on jazz ensemble Portico’s (FKA Portico Quartet) ‘Living Fields’ album, on the track ‘Memory Of Newness’. Were the gears on Woon’s machine began to creak back into action?
As it turns out, yes. His might not have been an absence as sorely felt as Tom Vek or Jamie T’s, but the slinky, spatial R&B that made up ‘Mirrorwriting’ was, at points, spellbinding, like on the superlative ‘Night Air’. ‘Sharpness’ furrows much of the same sounds that made up that debut, gliding along on smooth funk bass that subtly dips in and out of the skeletal synth lines and rickety percussion.
It’s a track that’s already gained attention from Pharrell (who played it on his Beats 1 show a few weeks ago) and pals Disclosure (who also aired it on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show recently). That he’s left his former label home of Polydor for cool dance label PMR will only add to his credentials – this is a label that, after all, helped the likes of Jessie Ware, Julio Bashmore and, yes, Disclosure in their early days. ‘Sharpness’ is the first track to be taken from Woon’s forthcoming second album, due for release later this year, and it sounds like it could be the start of a big new chapter for the London singer and producer, too.