Following on the from the release and all-round success of his previous three singles, ‘Strong Enough’, ‘Chapter 8’ and ‘Waiting’, South Manchester multi-instrumentalist Jude the Obscure returns to close off the year with a compilation EP, featuring the dreamy, jazz-infused ‘Moments’ as the lead single.
Having had his past work so well received by both fans and press alike, there’s almost no doubt that Jude the Obscure’s debut EP will also be a resounding success. Every track, despite the gap in time between their releases, flows wonderfully from one to the next, each with their own unique sound, held together by overarching sonic similarities.
There’s the pared back, guitar-led number, ‘Waiting’, which then leads into the smooth neo-jazz fused rap of ‘Chapter 8’, both of which were unveiled earlier this year to a welcomed response from the likes of Stereofox, The Most Radicalist and Mystic Sons, to name but a few. Second in line to the title track is Jude the Obscure’s gorgeous debut single ‘Strong Enough‘, comprised of pelting hi-hats and drums alongside funky, grooving melodies and Jude’s playful, rap flows – the single that began his steady rise to stardom.
Speaking of his new single, Jude states:
“‘Moments’ is about hard work; about overcoming the hurdles that life throws at you; about coming out on top in light of the hardships we face in our day to day lives. It’s an anthem of resilience and perseverance – surviving your early twenties with ambition, aspiration and sanity intact is no easy feat. One way or another, we all find ways to cope with what’s going on around us, now more than ever.”
With an instrumental that sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place on a Slum Village album, Jude the Obscure’s ‘Moments’ is a beautifully eclectic mix of classic hip-hop beats and mellow jazz, placed on a smooth and soulful piano-led backdrop. The lyrics are earnest and profound, delivered in Jude’s laid-back cadence, with words that gently glide over the enchanting chimes and punchy snares. With a number of successful singles under his belt, the backing of top music publications and a meticulously curated signature sound, Jude the Obscure is well on his way to becoming a modern neo-jazz and soul super star.
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