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. Come March Oscar will also be returning to the USA to make his SXSW debut.
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.
“Oscar Jerome is amazing. There is absolutely no denying it” – Wonderland
“One of the UK’s brightest songwriting hopes” – The Line Of Best Fit
“His light burns intensely by itself” – Notion
“This exponent of London’s thriving jazz scene is living for the moment” – Dummy
“Jerome has a lot to say” - Pigeons & Planes
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
8-17/3 Austin – SXSW