Harry Jay-Steele has an innate percussive sense, a near-telepathic ability to rise cresting waves of rhythmic effusion – CLASH MAGAZINE
Harry is creating invigoratingly unique music which falls into a range of genres, with elements ranging from African Rhythm to contemporary pop - WONDERLAND MAGAZINE
Today, 7th October, East London based songwriter, guitarist and producer Harry Jay-Steele shares Not Quite Like This – LISTEN TO NOT QUITE LIKE THIS HERE– another cut from his upcoming debut album, Boundaries due for release on 4th December via eclectic audiophile label Naim Records PRE-ORDER HERE
Recorded with Jordan Rakeis co-producer and drummer Jim Macrae, the song is heavily influenced Afrobeats and tackles personal experiences close to the artist. Its a song in defiance against being labelled and judges but also about the fluidity of self, explains Harry – a message amplified by the shifting effect of the artists auto-tuned vocals. Explaining the production work behind the track, I used auto-tune on this track partly because its Afrobeats influence but also due to the chameleon-like tonal affect it has one my voice. I felt its shifting nature sat well with lyrical message.
Forging a sound of his own, the Goldsmith Uni alumni is a master of blending his eclectic range of influences; elements of Soul, Indie, African and Electronic Music are weaved into a rich tapestry of percussive rhythms, tasteful guitar work and deft poeticism. His music is a sonically adventurous experience, a complex and layered sound palette skilfully tied around his distinctive vocals.
It’s the rhythm you notice first. The way each part interlocks, erecting a sustained groove while continually shifting, continually evolving, wrote Clash magazine in their ‘Track of The Day’ feature for ‘Reach You’ – Steeles debut single – which saw the talented musician featured as ‘‘Artist of The Day’ on the pages of Metro,, who claimed its unusual to hear such diverse sounds on a debut record, and interviewed by Wonderland magazine for their ‘New Noise’ feature Harry Jay-Steele has also been equally well received live being touted as one of the top 7 performances of Bestival by the Huffington Post, as well as free styling with Moses Boyd on his BBC 1Xtra residency and playing a coveted support slot for Grammy nominee and soul legend, Meshell Ndegeocello.
Not Quite Like This, offers another glimpse into the music fusions and geographical crossroads found in Harry Jay-Steele upcoming album Boundaries.