HARRY JAY-STEELE SHARES AFROBEATS-INFLUENCED CUT ‘NOT QUITE LIKE THIS’ DEBUT ALBUM ‘BOUNDARIES’ ON NAIM RECORDS ON 4TH DECEMBER

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

 

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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 Rakei’s co-producer and drummer Jim Macrae, the song is heavily influenced Afrobeats and tackles personal experiences close to the artist. “It’s 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 artist’s auto-tuned vocals. Explaining the production work behind the track, “I used auto-tune on this track partly because it’s 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’ – Steele’s debut single – which saw the talented musician featured as ‘Artist of The Day’ on the pages of Metro,, who claimed “it’s 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’.