Jazz Emu // Allergic
"This really spoke to me." Greg James, BBC Radio 1 (for 'How To Socialise')
In his new song "Allergic", the lead single from his forthcoming second album, Jazz Emu presents a darker new shade: an unsettlingly funky track about his anaphylactic response to emotional vulnerability.
Jazz Emu says:
"I’ve always had what doctors describe as ‘an atypical reaction’ to opening up psychologically. One time my therapist asked me to rate my emotional state out of ten, and I left the session with papillary conjunctivitis. It’s an extremely serious condition and I feel honoured to be raising awareness for it.”
Jazz Emu is a multi-instrumentalist from the UK who writes glistening up-tempo pop for the emotionally stunted. Born and raised in South London, he soon grew tired of the tepid weather and finally decided to make the move to Miami FL, where he now definitely lives.
He burst onto the scene in 2019, with the viral release of his wonky funk track Light Touch, which topped Reddit Videos and was featured in The Awesomer as “the summer jam of 2019”. Since the release of his debut album "[sic]" in January 2020, his music has racked up 400k streams, had a track featured on the official Spotify ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist and been played on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James.
At the age of six, Jazz Emu fell in love with a second hand saxophone and proudly took it to a trial lesson. Within a minute the teacher had decided that Jazz’s hands were unusually small, and his shiny brass hopes were crushed with a plastic beginner’s clarinet. Several years of funk-repressed classical training followed, with the groove bubbling pianissimo under the surface. When he finally heard the syncopated hi-hats in Bill Withers’ Use Me, there was no going back. Jazz pulled out the dusty old sax and got to work. He would stay up late at night recording shining synths and near-silent screaming sax solos (no noise after 10pm) on his mum’s BOSS BR900-CD recorder. The results were too powerful to show the general public.
Ten years later, armed with an Akai EWI-4000S, a right hand calloused by synth-glisses and a handsome selection of suits, Jazz has set out to change the world. Combining the lyrically pleonastic and musically dank, this project is an auditory experiment in high-art meets low-art. Imagine performing a Shakespearean sonnet over The Sims loading-music. Or reading Homer’s Iliad off of a toilet roll. Imagining it? Good. You’re roughly three eighths of the way to grasping the sonic mythos of Jazz Emu.