Originally written for and published on On The Come Up TV, I thought I would share with you a review of another one of the stand out EP’s I reviewed last year for the site that I haven’t written about on here before. So here is my review of Jordan James’ ‘Love Waves’ EP
Taking traditional R’n’B sounds and mixing them with modern electro produces something quite different for debut EP ‘Love Waves’ which sees James, over the course of these 4 tracks, deal with the issues surrounding love.
Starting with beats resembling a heartbeat before a lounge vibe comes in with hi-hat cymbal and a deep bass line all backing up the soulful vocals of James on opening track ‘Cruisin’. Layered up vocals create a richer, bigger sound though the mood is chilled taking nostalgia tinged R’n’B and reworking it for today.
Swirling high pitched synth and tribal plucked strings mix with a pounded beat on ‘Regina’s Interlude’. A swaying uptempo rhythm is present before everything is taken down to a minimal just heard noise which plays us out.
Quick handclaps and shushing accents are the basis of ‘Loving In Sin’ upon which ambient synth ebbs and flows round wonderful vocals evocative of the tones of Sampha. It changes pace towards the end slowing down, almost lethargic with the drawn out sounds.
Closer ‘Fill Me In’ comprises of distorted electro and vocals and quick cut off beats taking us to a chorus of James’ hushed vocals and fast electronic drums. There’s a chilled 90’s R’n’B vibe and the chorus samples lyrics from Craig David’s ‘Can You Fill Me In’. This is a really good end to an excellent EP showcasing some unique sounds and the clear talent that Jordan James has.
Below is the Soundcloud stream of his ‘Love Waves’ EP: