To say South London singer-songwriter Oscar Jerome had a restless 2018 would be an understatement. One of the capital's finest purveyors of soulful jazzy vibes, Jerome has been busy getting playlisted and tipped by the likes of 6 Music, 1Xtra and Boiler Room, selling out London's Village Underground and touring consistently - recently playing a run of shows in the US and further cementing his fast-growing international audience. Clearly looking to keep up that momentum in the new year, Jerome is now sharing a new single titled ‘Misty Head / Sunny Street’. The new cut comes in support of a short European tour which kicks off with Jerome’s biggest headline show to date at London’s EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) on February 20th.
Such is the Oscar Jerome way, ‘Misty Head / Sunny Street’ dines on an influence of jazz, funk and hip-hop but is delivered with the songwriter’s signature lo-fi grit. Driven by a warped Thundercat-esque bassline, the track rides an intoxicating groove as Jerome’s lysergic guitars and impassioned vocals serenade above a warm bed of technicolour synth hues. Talking about the track, he says: “This ones a little funky number I wrote when in a confused but happy state. I have to give a shout out to Maxwell Owin for helping with the production on this too, one of my best friends and favourite music makers.”
‘Misty Head / Sunny Street’ is the latest addition to a vibrant back-catalogue that’s unquestionably marked Jerome out as a tour de force in the burgeoning London jazz scene. It arrives after 2018’s Where Are Your Branches? EP and the follow-up single ‘Do You Really’ - both of which building on the critical acclaim of his debut self-titled EP released back in 2016. If last year was anything to go by then you’d be pretty safe betting on 2019 being the year of Oscar Jerome - this new single offering an assured and hopeful taste of what’s to come.
20/2 London - EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
21/2 Paris - Le Pop-Up du Label
22/2 Amsterdam - BitterZoet
24/2 Leuven - Het Depot
26/2 Dublin - The Ruby Sessions