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Let’s Talk: What artist has made you stop in your tracks?

I don’t mean a music artist literally getting in your general path and making you stop, but a genuine sit-down moment, when you’ve looked up from whatever you were doing and sank into the music. Even gone the extra mile and shut your eyes for a few.

If this rarity of music excellence has happened to you, let me know when and the artist, because if it’s no one I’ve heard of before, I will certainly know about them from your perspective!

For me, it’s any thought-provoking mellow hip hop with its slacken grooves, relaxed bass and lush lyricism that melts when spoken. I remember this happened when I listened to Loyle Carner for the first time. Oddly enough, it also happens with any jazz experimental that drives off into a tangent of solo ingenuity. Which, again, makes me melt. Anything that is butter music, essentially.

Thanks all. Have a great weekend.

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Jamie Cullum: Profession of Jazz

Upending the notions of jazz, Jamie Cullum is the splash of colour that redefined the world of melodic pop.

Surly vocals and elaborate chops on the keys, Cullum has achieved critical acclaim for his vibrant mix of originality. His depth of character is fully flourished in his music too, with his ability to swoon us with emphatic ballads to witty pop in a matter of song listings. Cullum first broke into the scene back in 2002 with Pointless Nostalgic and 2003’s Twentysomething. Dazzled with classic retellings of jazz classics and emotional originals that slotted beautifully within each, Twentysomething broke the foundations of the complexity of jazz and Cullum became a household name over night.

His complexion to intermingle within genres didn’t stop there though. Cullum subsequently released Catching Tales in 2005 and The Pursuit in 2009, which embraced his soft rock – pop progressive ballads and careened beautiful showings of his songwriting material with bold-and-brash Get Your Way, witty ramblings of Nothing I Do, and of course, sombre ballad retellings with Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down.

For fans of both enjoyable soft pop work and the establishment of jazz with orchestral styles, Jamie Cullum is a singer-songwriter for the ages. His most recent release in 2o19, Taller, established Jamie’s talents and allowed him to break the top ten in record sales. My favourites from this record have to be the fancy-and-fast of Usher and the enchanting dazzle of Marlon Brando, that is seen to be on the B Side for this one.

Prolific in sound, voice and immense piano chops, Jamie Cullum is a redefining motion in the industry.

Cullum ultimately cements himself further as a music anomaly every new record he releases.