With the recent explosion in London’s jazz scene, it comes as no surprise that Puma Blue’s rich vocals and stripped back, silky vibe settle in nicely to the current autumnal climate. Gaining new admirers with every release, the young producer effortlessly made his way into the list of most hotly tipped rising British artists this year. ‘Lust’ comes almost as no surprise, as Jacob Allen’s voice simmers with a despondent anguish, exploring an unrequited infatuation between the suave, jazzy grooves inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, James Blake and Bon Iver. “With ‘Lust’, I wanted to write a track that was based around a loop and that ebbed and flowed from a few repeated chords,” says Puma Blue, “I really wanted to write something with that sexy half-time groove like in ‘Didn’t Cha Know’ by Erykah Badu. The lyrics are about getting pulled by your imagination into somewhere that you don’t want to be.” ‘Lust’ is accompanied by a Do Not Entry-directed video inspired by the films of Wong Kar-and is taken from the new EP ‘Blood Loss’ which is out now on Blue Flowers Music.
As Puma Blue explains on the video, “I wanted to keep paying tribute to one of my favourite filmmakers Wong Kar-wai, as I’ve tried to do in the past, but this time in a different way. The directors were big fans too and came up with some beautiful references to his work for particular shots and developed this idea of me being haunted one final time by someone as I attempt to let them go. We were especially inspired by his films ‘Happy Together’ and ‘2046’.”
‘Blood Loss’ is out now via Blue Flowers Music
Feature photo by Abbie Douglas