Our man Jester is also known for a few other, rather unexpected, things. As is often the case with Mr Jacobs, expect the unexpected. The track ‘Knuckle Down’ lifted from his 2010 E.P achieved rotation on BBC Radio 6 music and presenter Tom Robinson’s gushing endorsement of Jacobs bizarrely resulted in drawing comparisons to Tupac (Fo Real!).
In between performing stand up comedy from L.A to Chigaco and back to London, Jester has found the time to record his latest release and true sequel to his debut. Titled ‘Chicken Souped Up’, this is something fans of true vernacular skill will appreciate.
This album ranges greatly and definitely couldn't be put in any kind of box (of course, if you buy one of the hugely limited run of CD’s then you will be able to physically put your copy in a box, but it won't mean anything). The big spread of varying instrumentals and subject matter that make it up seem to cater for a lot of tastes whilst staying fairly true to the boombap sound we long for.
Rammed with a healthy dose of comedy, you will find yourself laughing at daytime TV references whilst drawing comparisons to your own existence all at the same time. There is a thick layer of honesty on top of it all that commands respect but at the same time allows everyone to find something to relate to in each verse despite the abstract nature of some of the subject matter.
There are a few collaborations on here to listen for from fellow Meese and Granville delegates, In particular I liked the track ‘Thirst’ on which everyone speaks openly about the journey they travelled to get to where they are musically as well as how each of their outlooks have altered along the way over an entrancing instrumental that I can’t get enough of.
On the whole, Jester Jacobs has managed to craft a truly original record and not one to be overlooked by anyone who is a fan of true lyricism and I would recommend this project to just about everyone I know, regardless of their musical inclinations.
ALBUM EMBEDDED BELOW FOR YOUR LISTENING & PURCHASING PLEASURE.
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OUT DECEMBER 19TH 2014