Mir ist klar, dass dieser Track schon vor einem 3/4 Jahr hier hätte auftauchen müssen… aber besser spät als garnicht:
Singing, “Don’t fuck with me, don’t fuck with me,” in an angelic falsetto is a disarming way to start a debut song. But so begins “BTSTU”, the first track released by UK singer-songwriter Jai Paul. By the time cascading synths emerge shortly thereafter, a slightly more robotic (and lower pitched) Paul sings, “I know I’ve been gone a long time/ But I’m back and I want what is mine,” and the song becomes a strange duet between two very different vocal approaches, both of which are laced with a hard-edge that betrays any implied sensitivity. The menacing delivery gives the song a twist and there’s a hunger at its core, something also meted out in the restless quality of the beat.
Jai Paul’s production is rich in idiosyncrasies, from muted blank spaces that appear out of nowhere– almost like a DJ flicking a cross fader– to short guitar accents on the offbeat, and even a layered saxophone part towards the end. On the surface “BTSTU” plays like an easy, confident three and a half minutes of pop music. The subtle character packed into that time gives it longevity– the song first appeared on blogs over a year ago, and has since been re-mastered and issued by XL— and shows off the kind of invention that lands a kid from Rayners Lane in London with a record contract in the first place.