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Stubborn Heart


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So this has been sold as being for “fans of the three Js” – James Blake, Jamie xx and Jamie Woon. Needless to say, I was immediately interested.

But which J does this mysterious London producer sound most like? At first, I was inclined to say Woon, the soulful vocals carried by a bassy melodic tune. As the song progressed, though, my view switched to Blake, with the interference and spacing bringing him to mind. By the end, I thought Jamie xx, as deep bass cut in and the drum pattern started to sound more and more garage-esque.

I’d love to tell you more about this guy, but the truth is I can’t, and that’s because he’s just too elusive. So mysterious, in fact, that we couldn’t even find a proper image to put on this post. But anyone who manages to encompass the best bits of post-dubstep’s three biggest players has surely got a bright future indeed… so remember where you heard the name first!

In the meantime, you can get the vinyl, which is limited to just 300 copies


With ‘Need Someone’, the mysterious Stubborn Heart has crafted an understated song of real beauty, with the kind of sparse arrangement that manages to be emotive whilst showing real restraint. The track grows slowly, beginning with just a startlingly naked-sounding male vocal, a clipped electric drum beat, and moments of real, complete silence, which here work as important sounds in their own right. The lyrics are simple but poignant, and the mournful quality of the falsetto is enough to convey much of the meaning, the sparseness of the mix itself adding to the sense of loneliness.


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