Thursday 3 July 2014

Alice Jemima - Breezeblocks (Video)

Remember Alice Jemima?

When she was just 17 the Devon based singer songwriter began throwing track after track on line and the web / blogs (particularly UK blogs) began to take notice. In 2012 she became one of the 20 most posted about artists by UK Hype Machine listed blogs. A debut self-released EP sold out. By 2013 there was a number of low key festival shows and a Radio 1 session for Rob da Bank. Her cover version of No Diggity added a female sensuality to Chet Faker’s equally sexy male vocal cover and went a bit all-over-the-internet. Babies were probably conceived to it.

Then things went quiet except for a further cover of Raleigh Ritchie that was sneaked out at the start of the year in the middle of the night, coincidentally when Breaking More Waves and Alphabet Bands blogs were halfway through a charity 24 hour Blogathon. Perfect timing. 

But now we hear news that Miss Jemima has been amassing a stockpile of unreleased songs and has some new stablemates, including a certain Emeli Sande and the showstopping Laura Doggett who you may remember from blog posts here and here. Alice is playing a gig in London with her new buddies (excluding Emeli) on the 16th July at the Kings Head Members Club in London, with very limited tickets being available here. You really should be there.

But whilst those new songs continue to mount up, quite possibly in some sort of big song warehouse just outside  Exeter, yesterday Alice whacked up a new home recorded cover version on Soundcloud and today added a video, a collaboration with Anna Baumgart, filmed in monochrome. This time it’s her take on Alt-J’s Breezeblocks and as per usual Alice adds her own very identifiable and delicate stamp all over the song. With light skippy beats and vocals so sweet they’re virtually syrup, after a couple of plays you’ll probably have forgotten about the original (which admittedly is very good) and have the words ‘do you know’ circling around your head all day. Shivers.

Alice Jemima - Breezeblocks (Video)

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