hmv's Next Big Thing - April 6, 2016

hmv's Next Big Thing #65 Jacob Collier
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hmv's Next Big Thing #65 Jacob Collier

Every Wednesday we recommend a brand new artist who we think you're going to love. This week we'd like to bring your attention to the obscenely talented Jacob Collier...

 

Who is he?

Jacob Collier has been gaining a following on Youtube over the last couple of years thanks to a string of self-made videos featuring him performing cover versions of his favourite songs. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But that probably means you haven't seen them.

Collier's videos feature the young Londoner in his music room at home where, thanks to some clever editing, multiple incarnations of the 19-year-old appear to perform on every instrument you could think of, from drums and bass to keys, guitars, mandolins... you name it, this kid can play it. But it's the jaw-dropping level of virtuosity Collier displays on each and every instrument that marks him out as something very special indeed.

 

What does he sound like?

Collier has only just started to release his own compositions, the first of which emerged online just this weekend, but there are lush, jazz-influenced arrangements, 14-part vocal harmonies, mind-boggling rhythms and baffling chord progressions. It's quite a difficult thing to pin down, but just on first listen you can hear echoes of everything from Jellyfish to Thundercat and plenty more besides.

 

Why should I be excited?

His astonishing cover version of Michael Jackson's 'P.Y.T.' brought him to the attention of none other than Quincy Jones, the producer who worked with Jackson on Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad – in other words, all of his best records. The producer was moved to get in touch and when he introduced a showcase he'd arranged for Collier at Ronnie Scott's last year, he described the Londoner as “a talent like no other I've seen before.” And when Quincy Jones says something like that, it's time to pay attention.


Can I hear something?

His single 'Hideaway' is the first to be released from his upcoming debut album, In My Room, which is due to arrive on July 1st and you can find the video below...


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