Album Review: Jamie T – B Sides (06-17)

After two years of silence, Jamie T has just released an album of B-sides called B Sides (06-17). We’re here to give you the lowdown on his latest album.

A new album from South London-born Jamie Treays was always going to be a feast for the ears… But here’s the plot twist: this album was actually a complete accident! Jamie says his good friend accidentally leaked 15 of his demos to the public, after showing him new computer software that allows students to share their entire music collection with one another.

Most artists would view this negatively yet Jamie has embraced the leak, and using it to his advantage. Sort of like a ‘happy accident’.

It had been two years since the world had last heard from Jamie T, with his album Trick from 2016, and we couldn’t be happier that he’s back.

Jamie recently said on Twitter ‘I have written a lot of music over the years. Most of it unreleased living on three dusty computers in a very secure location under my bed. Those songs will have their day at some point, in the meantime I hope this collection of tracks will satisfy those who want a more comprehensive set of songs available digitally.’

He then led on to state, ‘some more finished than others, they are what they are, and I’m proud to put them together as a strange mutant piece of work for you now.’

The ‘Sticks N Stones’ singer is renowned for his cockney charm, cheeky humour, and combination of confidence and vulnerability. He’s a true example of someone who lives his art.

Ever since his debut album, Panic Prevention, Jamie has been synonymous with portraying an observation of the troubled youth intertwined with boisterous indie rap.

The B Sides compilation quite literally sounds like random samples that have been patched together, making you unsure of what to expect from each song. It stands out from previous albums like Kings  & Queens because there’s no running theme throughout. It’s an eclectic mix of randomness that perfectly exudes Jamie’s creativity.

The first few songs are disjointed without a familiar flow to grasp onto but ‘Oh My Girl’ picks up the pace with a combination of reggae and warped pop synths in the background.

‘Feel Me’ has a sweeter tone with stop-start trippy piano sounds, reminiscent of how stuttery music can begin to sound after a few too many drinks.

‘Fire Fire’ serves its name, and is definitely a fiery track of which could only be pictured as a crowd of people rioting.

Then we have my personal favourite ‘40/40 ICU’ which is a catchy orchestral remix, with background tones you can picture being on a hip hop track, but with more indie sounding vocals. This one has slight hints of ‘Zombie’ in it too.

‘The Likeness of Being’ slows it down with soothing acoustics, and sounds like a heartfelt diary account.

The last track, ‘Thomas Dunn’, sounds like a combination of Catfish and the Bottlemen with The Foo Fighters, with an easy, on the ears sound which is both unique yet very catchy at the same time.

The B Sides compilation is a timeline of Jamie T’s restless talent, and although it might not be everybody’s cup of tea due to the sketchy mix-matching of songs, it’s a great insight into the mind of the artist, and a story of relatable character morphing over the years.

Have you listened to Jamie T’s B Sides? What do you think of it?

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Text: Chloe Humphries

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