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Single Review: Jessie Ware – Midnight

 
By on Thursday, 10th August 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Since the release of her critically acclaimed ‘Tough Love’ album 3 years ago, Jessie Ware has tied the knot to her childhood sweetheart and started a family with the birth of a baby girl. Yet she still found the time to record songs for film soundtracks (including those of Fifty Shades of Grey and Me Before You) and feature on tracks with Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj and The Invisible. Not to mention her appearance on the Mercury Prize judging panel and to write her upcoming third studio album. Phew!

In an interview with The Fader, the London singer/songwriter described her currently untitled record as “quite personal”, adding that the album represents the “ups and downs, the fear, the beauty and the celebrations” of the last 3 years. This personal side of Jessie Ware is clearly demonstrated in ‘Midnight’, the first single to be taken from the album.

Midnight is a haunting r&b track in which Ware reflects on the relationship with her husband and the difficulties and challenges they face through troublesome times. Clocking in at just over 3 minutes, the track opens with an enigmatic vibe with discrete hooks, before bursting into Jessie Ware’s signature sound that we have come to know and love, intertwining a pulsating drum beat with light piano melodies.

Ware described Midnight as the song she’s “always wanted to be able to sing but perhaps didn’t have the confidence until now”. There’s certainly no denying that this is a bold track. “Maybe I love you, maybe I want to, maybe I need you,” she sings with a sense of desperation in her voice, reaching the dizzying heights of her vocal range to a level that the singer hasn’t previously exhibited. This is a solid comeback single that should tide fans over until the release of the album.

8/10

‘Midnight’ is the first single to be taken from Jessie Ware’s currently untitled third album, which is expected to be released on PMR later this year. To read all of TGTF’s past coverage on the artist, follow this link.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #311: Jessie Ware

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 2:30 pm
 

Jessie Ware is a South London-born pop/r&b singer/songwriter who first came to prominence in 2011 when she appeared as a featured artist on SBTKRT’s self-titled album. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until a year later, when she released her debut studio album ‘Devotion’, that she cemented her place within the music industry.

The lead single from the album ‘Running’ proved particularly popular, largely down to the remix of the track from electronic music duo Disclosure. Whereas the following singles ‘110%’ and ‘Wildest Moments’ failed to make a significant impact on the charts, the album certainly didn’t go unrecognised. ‘Devotion’ debuted at #5 in the Official UK Albums chart and was also in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize award in 2012 (alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ went on to win). Ware was also nominated for Best Female Act at the MOBO Awards in 2012 and 2013, narrowly losing out to Emeli Sande and Laura Mvula respectively.

In October 2014, Jessie Ware released her second album ‘Tough Love’, which charted at #9 in the weeks of its release. The title track from the record peaked at #34 in the UK Singles Chart to give Jessie Ware her first UK Top 40 single. However, ‘Say You Love Me’ – the second single from the album which she co-wrote with fellow singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran – proved to be her most successful release to date, reaching #22. ‘You & I Forever’, the third track to be lifted off ‘Tough Love’, is currently scheduled for a release on the 12th of January 2015.

2015 looks set to be a big year for Jessie Ware, as she embarks on a 20-show headline tour of the UK and Europe in January and February, which includes two dates at the London Brixton Academy. She’ll be following the tour up with a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015 in March.

 

Live Gig Video: Jessie Ware performs ‘Want Your Feeling’ at London Barbican

 
By on Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Jessie Ware will be releasing her new album ‘Tough Love’ on the 6th of October on Island Records. One of the tracks appearing on the new LP will be this collaboration with Dev ‘Blood Orange‘ Hynes, a little disco-infused number called ‘Want Your Feeling’. Here for you today we’ve a live performance of Ware and her band performing the song at London’s Barbican, where it’s clear this song (and probably other tunes on ‘Tough Love’) is a great vehicle for her sultry voice. Watch it below.

 

MP3 of the Day #726: Jessie Ware

 
By on Thursday, 17th January 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Universal Music Australia tipped me off to this freebie by Jessie Ware, who is performing on the Future Classic stage at Oz’s Laneway Festival in February. Listen to and grab for your very own a copy of ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ for a limited time only.

 

The 2013 BRIT Awards – The Nominees

 
By on Friday, 11th January 2013 at 4:37 pm
 

Is there any point to the BRITs? Granted, it gives a certain demographic of London teenager the opportunity to sting Daddy for the eye-watering £70 ticket price, no doubt getting stuffed with half-term pizza and fructose syrup before spending three hours squealing loudly at microscopic effigies of their latest tabloid-endorsed musical crushes. But beyond that, does any vestige of musical credibility remain within the unhallowed, chart-obsessed recesses of the BRIT Award psyche?

A swift perusal of the nominations, released yesterday, would indicate: maybe, actually. The usual mega-selling suspects are there: Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Sons, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs. But look a little deeper and could there just be enough respect for the breakthrough, even the underground, so that beyond the face paint and lasers, there’s a bedrock of credibility?

Step forward Richard Hawley, the most unlikely of the entire nomination list, proving that the BRITs aren’t immune to a decent bit of ‘70s-throwback guitar action and heart-on-the-sleeve balladry from a bequiffed Yorkshireman. Plan B also deserves a shout for his unflinching portrayal of council estate life in ‘Ill Manors’, which still deserves to make more of an impact than it has.

Jessie Ware gathers two nods, a fine result for her this early in her career, single-handedly making 2011’s Critic’s Choice Award for her namesake Jessie J look ever more ridiculous. The more listeners turned on to her coolly urban soul, the better. Paloma Faith is also up for two gongs – British Female Solo is fair enough, but British Album of the Year for ‘Fall to Grace’, for a collection significantly worse than her début, is deeply suspect. British Group unoriginally throws up two previous Mercury Prize winners: unlikely media darlings alt-J, and minimalist electro-songsters the xx; Muse are nominated for the ninth (and tenth) time, with Mumford and One Direction predictably making up the numbers. A rum collection, if ever there was one, and despite the disparate yet singular talents of each, hardly a state-of-the-nation statement.

The British Single category is too depressing to analyse deeply. Suffice to say a more turgid collection of middle-of-the-road dross it’s difficult to conceive. Any list containing the execrable ‘Mama Do the Hump’ by Rizzle Kicks deserves to be encased in concrete and dropped into a very deep hole. Thankfully each of the British Breakthrough nominees have something to commend them, though surely Jake Bugg is the most extraordinary of the lot; his compellingly grizzled, world-weary, yet uplifting take on vintage blues in his debut album means he should have no problem in lifting the spotted statue next month.

Ironically, there’s far less to complain about the International (read: American) nominees. Perhaps it’s because we expect the USA to do bigness well, it’s difficult to complain about someone like Bruce Springsteen being nominated, although one wonders just how much pride of place a BRIT award would take on the dashboard of his pickup truck.

As always, it’s good to see producers, the guys behind the desk who really make the music, getting their opportunity to shine, although it seems somewhat unfair that Damon Albarn should be sharing their limelight – hasn’t he had enough of it by now? If the Albarn effect can be resisted, Paul Epworth should walk away with this one, although personally I prefer listening to his sister’s output to his. And what of Amy Winehouse and The Rolling Stones, both nominated, neither deservedly? Stop it, BRITs! Pick people who are more alive!

The 2013 BRITs take place on Wednesday the 20th of February at London’s O2 Arena. TGTF will be reporting, either from the event itself, or from somewhere else in London more interesting. Watch this space.

Who should win the British Brits, I reckon?

Male Solo: Richard Hawley
Female Solo: Jessie Ware
Breakthrough: Jake Bugg
Group: One Direction
Single: Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Album: Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Live: Coldplay
Producer: Paul Epworth

Full list of nominees after the jump.
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Video of the Moment #1074: Jessie Ware

 
By on Monday, 17th December 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

2012 Mercury Prize-nominated artist Jessie Ware has revealed a cutesy video for ‘Sweet Talk’, featuring little kids. See what we mean by watching the promo below. Predictably, her r&b infused sound has already made a big impression stateside, placing at #5 on Stereogum’s Top Albums of 2012. (Yawn…)

 
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