Jabu, Bristol trio of great contemporary and forward-thinking talent, has added a second vocalist into their collective and is ready to release their first LP, Sleep Heavy.
I was lucky to meet with one member at the WOMAD Festival in 2015, and to have heard them with Young Echo, quite a few nights in Bristol the same year.
Here is a presentation by the site Resident Advisor:
Jabu will release their debut album, Sleep Heavy, via Blackest Ever Black in September.
The LP pairs an R&B sensibility with atmospheric electronics. It's a "meditation on grief, on loss, making sense of separation and death," the label says. Jabu cite Massive Attack, The Temptations and Cocteau Twins as influences.
The group, which consists of vocalists Alex Rendall and newly-recruited Jasmine Butt alongside producer Amos Childs, grew from the Bristol collective Young Echo. Last year they released a mini-album under the name O$VMV$M, which is their project with fellow Bristolian Neek. They've also had a couple of 7-inches for No Corner, and an EP for Ramp before that.
Listen to "Let Me Know."
In their own words:
& to kiran for actually putting the thing out (-barring any last minute changes of heart!)
& to everyone thats played it on radio so far or showed it to their friends etc etc
it means a lot thank you
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