Video Premiere: Oscar Jerome – ‘Give Back What You Stole From Me’
Self-made artist Oscar Jerome presents his superb new self-titled EP, collecting four stunning tracks that demonstrate his full range in bold way. Formerly known as Oscar Laurence, his style combines soulful strains with contemporary electronica and organic instrumentation while his vocals flit between signing and jazz-infused rapping with equal aplomb. Releasing his tracks on his Soundcloud thus far, he’s racked up thousands of plays, received props from Clash, Soul & Jazz, Music Is Remedy, Poejazzi and Sampleface and made it through to the long list of Glastonbury’s emerging talent competition. Citing his influences as Gil Scott Heron, John Martyn and Ebo Taylor in particular, he blends the past and the present effortlessly. ‘Give Back What You Stole From Me’ sees Jerome bring his syncopated style to jazzy tones, tackling issues of social justice over languid sax lines and delicate guitar plucks and strums. Glastonbury described the track as “a heady fusion of jazz rhythms, hip-hop bite and soulful melodies… both inexplicably energetic and laid-back”. Perfectly complementing the jazz infused tune is the gorgeously mixed media visual from film makers S G Rigal and Maxwell Owin, featuring illustrations by Gaurab Thakali that we’re presenting to you today.