Jamie Woon has given his first interview in three years, confirming that he is writing a D’Angelo inspired album with Wild Beasts producer Lexx.
The singer-songwriter had all but disappeared following the release of debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’ in 2011. He worked with Disclosure and Portico in the interim but no solo material was forthcoming.
However, new song ‘Sharpness’ emerged last month with Disclosure debuting the song on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show and confirming Woon is now signed to the same label as them, PMR. Pharrell Williams went on to play ‘Sharpness’ in full on a Beats 1 show he presented alongside Justin Timberlake and Cara Delevigne.
Speaking to Beats 1 in a new interview, Woon explained what he has been up to in the past three years, saying: “I just was in North London for most of the time. If I haven’t got music to release I keep a low profile. There’s TV to watch and burgers to eat!”
Admitting that radio play from Pharrell is the sort of “push” he needs to release more music, Woon went on to talk about his long-awaited second album. “The album is getting there. I had ideas hanging over from before but what I wanted to do was do something more live after touring.
“I’m really inspired by D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ and having the band in the room. It’s a dying art trying to record live players because it costs money to do it properly. My starting point was that I wanted to hear a funky rhythm section.
“It’s still the same type of songs it’s just a real drummer and bass player, not electronic. I found an amazing producer called Lexx last February. He’s worked with Gwilym Gold and Wild Beasts.”
Listen to ‘Sharpness’ below: