South London born and bred, Jamie Issac is among a new breed of crooners in the UK. Melding jazz beats with ambient soul, he crafts songs with tuneful electronics, a bit of R&B, and smooth vocals.
A classically trained vocalist and former choirboy, he honed his craft until he got a deal with Marathon Artists, a London-based indie label. In 2013, he unleashed I Will Be Cold Soon, the first of two EPs. Blue Break followed in 2014. Joining the many indie artists who have taken to releasing mixtapes, his first, Loose Grip released in 2016, featured 10 remixes featuring artists like Jesse James Solomon, Edgar The Beatmaker, and Rejjie Snow.
A full-length album also followed in 2016, the well-received Couch Baby. The Financial Times described it as “music curling like cigarette smoke...” while the Guardian’s interpretation is that of “magisterial, ambient dub sulk.” The vocals are evocative of another era, but the modernity of the instrumentations keeps Isaac firmly secured in the present. (04:30) Idler is Isaac’s latest full-length album, released in June 2018. Catching the attention of the Guardian once again, the paper noted that the record “is intended to soundtrack night-time journeys – Isaac’s insomnia is a major inspiration – but the headspace remains interior.”