You can probably surmise from the name “Slow Hours” that this is probably a slow jam. The trend in the underground has been alternative takes on R&B, often referred to as the cringe-y and insulting name “PBR&B.” “Slow Hours” is pure R&B – brooding, sultry vocals, somber/sensual poetry laid on top of instrumentation with the consistency of molasses. The only thing about it is that it seems to end rather abruptly – it feels like “Slow Hours” is a small part of a bigger picture. I wrote about Jabu a couple of years ago now (time goes by way too fast) and while that release was more dub-influenced (and their other pieces more ambient), it isn’t farfetched for the duo to embark on a route like this. Hopefully, this isn’t the end of Jabu’s collaboration with giles as I could see them making much more magic together. Watch the “Slow Hours” music video below via the YouTube video and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

“And the excitement he felt stood beside her would not leave him… “

NoCorner are proud to welcome back the artists that helped shape the label, presenting their latest single with ‘Slow Hours’ –

Having previously released a cassette and 7” single on the label as well as an EP on Ramp Recordings, Young Echo members ‘Jabu’ return with this milestone – a slowly turning piece about love-sickness and longing… This is distilled soul music in it’s purest form.

From the first beat right through to the final chorus, the brooding tension and almost unbearable tranquility of chester giles’ words amplify the heaviness of the rhythm, controlling time until ‘Alex Rendall’ the voice of Jabu sets in with the chorus, echoing chester’s sentiments, elevating this feeling into higher heights.

A masterfully executed love-song… ‘Achingly smooth’ as Steve Barker put it.

Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta, via Ampex tape-machine.
Edition of 500.
Served in a hand-numbered, printed sleeve.
Front cover designed by Amos Childs.
Comes with hi-quality download.

Price $9.51

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