Where To Start With… Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware’s third album Glasshouse arrives on shelves today (October 20th). The LP sees Ware working with hit producers Starsmith, Benny Blanco and Julia Michaels as well as regular collaborators Kid Harpoon and Ed Sheeran, as well as recruiting Paul Buchanan, frontman of The Blue Nile for a collaboration.
It’s a deeply personal record for Ware, who has talked openly about wanting to open up about her life and marriage across these 12 tracks, especially on new release ‘Sam’ and early single ‘Alone’.
To celebrate the album’s release, we’ve plundered Ware’s back catalogue and come up with her five finest moments to date. Enjoy…
Ware first came to prominence through her collaborations, first with dance eccentric SBTRKT and then on this duet with newly crowned Mercury winner Sampha.
‘Valentine’ is a gentle, minimally produced gem, showcasing the depth and tenderness that marked both Ware and Sampha as such promising voices.
Set to a bombastic marching beat underscored by rich, lush production, this lead-off single from Ware’s debut album Devotion is a stirring marvel.
Another cut from Devotion, but radically different from ‘Wildest Moments’. This is an icy cool cut, built from electronics and a driving melody, all building to a beautiful chorus.
One of the highlights of Katy B’s sophomore effort Little Red is her duet with Ware. ‘Aaliyah’ is a hypnotic floor filler that takes Dolly Parton’s Jolene onto the dance floors of South London and a total banger.
‘You & I (Forever)’
2015’s Tough Love was full of tender ballads, but ‘You & I (Forever)’ is the best of them, it’s slow, lilting and beautifully produced. The video is also rather adorable…