Jessie Ware - 110% (and everything else she's done)

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pro tip: this song is amazing

http://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-110-1

it could totally be on 'velvet rope' right??

i'm really in love with this thing

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

I prefer "Running," which will probably be in my top ten. My favorite guitar solo in many months too.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:58 (six years ago) Permalink

but, yeah, she's worth watching. She reminds me of Shara Nelson.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:59 (six years ago) Permalink

There's also this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-ltza7hYls

Looking forward to the album

Number None, Friday, 8 June 2012 00:53 (six years ago) Permalink

I love the video for 110% almost as much as the song. I can't figure out what the muffled sample in the background is saying, "carving my initials on your forehead" I think?

boxedjoy, Friday, 8 June 2012 09:57 (six years ago) Permalink

fucking love this song. definitely deserves a thread

just sayin, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:14 (six years ago) Permalink

original 'running' felt to me way too encumbered with reference and borrowed vibes, but tbf i did come to that conclusion when i was still getting to know her (which i guess i still am). alf have you heard the disclosure remix?

'110', it wasnt really until i heard it on the radio before i realised how much it goes, it's p catchy. not sure if it's gonna be a keeper but certainly one of those brief flings you kinda fall for a bit

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Love this song

owenf, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:58 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah I've played this song 20 times since I first heard it, I love it

chris paul george hill (dayo), Friday, 8 June 2012 10:59 (six years ago) Permalink

i've been meaning to listen to this and "running" for MONTHS and didn't get round to them because i didn't think i'd have to make an effort. here we are now though, i like them all, on one listen "running" is better and neither are as good as "strangest feeling" but who knows how they'll shake out

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

"running" is totally and amazingly soft rock

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

just checked out Strangest Feeling, must have missed it last time around, amazing too. Think she's shaping up to be my 2012 pick of the girls looking at her trajectory.

owenf, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:17 (six years ago) Permalink

i think i might start a thread for delilah at some point, her album is really surprisingly good

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:22 (six years ago) Permalink

"running" is totally and amazingly soft rock

― kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 12:06 (16 minutes ago) Bookmark

so so so tryhard sade tho

just look at the single cover even

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:26 (six years ago) Permalink

"maybe felt a little too record industry to capture the true desired lisa stansfield realness" is what i said about my first impressions of ware generally on the bobby caldwell thread

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:27 (six years ago) Permalink

listening to the three singles together is weird, they're all good songs but they all feel like really overly deliberate attempts to capture a certain aesthetic - sade x soft rock for "running", delilahesque trip-hop revivalism x burial 3am night bus moods for "strangest feeling", airy summery "my boo" breezy realness for "110%"

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:34 (six years ago) Permalink

i think i perhaps like "strangest feeling" best b/c being overly conscious and deliberate suits that gothy aesthetic well

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:35 (six years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/D0TuS.jpg

1. Devotion
2. Wildest Moments
3. Running
4. Still Love Me
5. No To Love
6. Night Light
7. Swan Song
8. Sweet Talk
9. 110%
10. Taking In Water
11. Something Inside

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 14:57 (six years ago) Permalink

i wonder if i'm the only person on earth who feels sorry for jamie woon

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 14:59 (six years ago) Permalink

haha the first thing i thought of when i heard "110%" was "aw, poor jamie woon"

J0rdan S., Friday, 8 June 2012 15:34 (six years ago) Permalink

jamie woon's album did decently, didn't it? and now he's just between albums.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 15:50 (six years ago) Permalink

capture the true desired lisa stansfield realness

i don't care man i'll take the imitation

goole, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:00 (six years ago) Permalink

sade is the real oak real and stansfield is the real plastic real tho, there's levels mayne

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:08 (six years ago) Permalink

i guess what i'm saying is i am enjoying the video

goole, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:11 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah i dont actually know how woon's sold on the low but i dont feel his album was ever really in the air once it dropped, even in the liminal circles we're talking about. just seemed to drop and disappear

anyway i wouldnt care to speculate on what he deserved but it was definitely more than what he got. i felt like he made brave-ish decisions on that album he didnt have to if he was just playing to the gallery and it's a shame they werent acknowledged at very least

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:14 (six years ago) Permalink

ok maybe brave is too strong but whatever, he stuck to his guns somewhat and i respect that

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Produced by Julio Bashmore if you were wondering. It's blowing up, just an hour ago I heard it on a radio station in Mexico City and was wondering what ILM thought about it.

Moka, Friday, 8 June 2012 17:10 (six years ago) Permalink

For all the reference points being thrown around here, and I know Jessie Ware's coming from a completely different place, but you could put 110% on the Grimes album and no one would notice. Its level of base competency is higher and it's a good song but I'm not sure the production does it many favours. I listened to Running straight afterwards and liked that one more.

Bit disappointed that so many of these jobbing post-dubstep vocalists seem to be defaulting to a very similar soft-rock middle ground, and yeah while it might be a brave decision up against whatever the FACT-reading bores are clamouring for, you need serious songwriting ability to pull of that aesthetic well and I dunno if any of these guys do.

Does Roses Gabor have a post-guest-vocalist career yet? That might be promising.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:37 (six years ago) Permalink

"running" is as good as "110%"... this might be my most anticipated album of the year atm

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 June 2012 19:25 (six years ago) Permalink

assuming d'angelo isn't putting an album out

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 June 2012 19:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Running > 110% for me, but just barely.

I hadn't been slotting Woon into this space in my brain, but now that it's been mentioned it totally makes sense.

No clue what he sold, but that album was mad underrated even on ILM, given the love for 'Night Air'. There were a LARGE number of jams there.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 10 June 2012 20:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I love the video for 110% almost as much as the song. I can't figure out what the muffled sample in the background is saying, "carving my initials on your forehead" I think?

― boxedjoy, Friday, June 8, 2012 5:57 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You heard it right - it's a sample from Big Pun's Dream Shatterer, I think.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 10 June 2012 21:47 (six years ago) Permalink

hmmm, not so sure about this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=FnOBjARwNi0

Number None, Monday, 18 June 2012 12:03 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnOBjARwNi0

Number None, Monday, 18 June 2012 12:03 (six years ago) Permalink

baby in our wildest moomins

r|t|c, Monday, 18 June 2012 13:36 (six years ago) Permalink

i like this a lot

J0rdan S., Monday, 18 June 2012 15:07 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://vimeo.com/38905074

hadnt seen it before but this song off the alb is the real deal

r|t|c, Friday, 27 July 2012 00:09 (six years ago) Permalink

"wildest moments" is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 July 2012 06:03 (six years ago) Permalink

fully in love with all the singles now. i think "running" might have shaken out as my favourite so far

think i might be talking to her next week

lex pretend, Friday, 27 July 2012 07:19 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm really taken with how - similar to wynter gordon's newest stuff - ware's vocal strategy is a perfect midpoint between r&b and female singer-songwriter

lex pretend, Friday, 27 July 2012 07:20 (six years ago) Permalink

hmm...I heard "Stimela" and wasn't impressed.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 July 2012 11:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Holy fuck her album is going to be amazing. "Sweet Talk," the latest track to be released, is ANOTHER great track. When the guitars drop in at 2:30... one of the best musical moments of the year. Man this girl's on a roll.

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Can we change this thread to "general jessie ware thread" btw i think it's about time

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00 (six years ago) Permalink

As requested, kinda.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:04 (six years ago) Permalink

that works. thanks ned!

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:23 (six years ago) Permalink

+1 for Running. Shades of Sade, tasteful trip-hop, etc.

Still I actually liked tasteful trip-hop. Makes me want to go listen to a Moloko record.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:29 (six years ago) Permalink

That was a good interview BTW, Lex. I wouldn't mind seeing dance music in the UK go classy again like back in the 2-step heyday.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't mind seeing dance music in the UK go classy again like back in the 2-step heyday.

I'm not sure this sentence makes sense really? Unless by "2-step" you basically mean MJ Cole and Wookie?

Tim F, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and some Dem 2 tracks and Tuff Jam.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:53 (six years ago) Permalink

And Craig David.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:54 (six years ago) Permalink

i kinda agree. love jessie's personality, and ok the """confessional""" lyrics here, but miss the intimacy (and palette) of her earlier records. this is all very spotlit and vampy.

the best songs are def the ones people have highlighted - "domino" etc. but they lack the rare colour of light i got from songs like "12", "wildest moments", "110%" etc. reading laura's interview in the guardian, maybe what i liked best about Jessie's music was a sound imposed on her from without?

sean gramophone, Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:13 (one year ago) Permalink

how is this any different?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:59 (one year ago) Permalink

are you serious? there's tons of brass and shiny backing vocals and blah blah blah. something like "midnight" is at times halfway to benny and the jets

sean gramophone, Saturday, 21 October 2017 01:01 (one year ago) Permalink

(benny and the jets is great! but it's big-show commercial pop music in a way that "110%" abjectly was not

sean gramophone, Saturday, 21 October 2017 01:03 (one year ago) Permalink

To my ears the sonic imprints haven't changed except by infinitesimal degrees. Horns here or electric guitar run there don't signify anything significant.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 October 2017 01:10 (one year ago) Permalink

devotion was a bit more groove-focused overall

ufo, Saturday, 21 October 2017 01:13 (one year ago) Permalink

They all are but we're talking about degrees here. She's been consistent, eschewing "evolution," thank god. I can imagine getting bored of her, but that's me.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 October 2017 01:22 (one year ago) Permalink

FYI, http://store.jessieware.com has signed copies of the regular, vinyl, and deluxe (+$2? No brainer there...) editions, plus litho and t-shirt packages (mostly L and under).

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Saturday, 21 October 2017 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Heh, I didn't even realize this came out today (I thought it was still a few weeks away). Listening now and it's fantastic.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 21 October 2017 02:31 (one year ago) Permalink

ware is one of the most solid artists around for quality deluxe versions

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 21 October 2017 21:05 (one year ago) Permalink

not mad about this overall. I like "Finish What We Started" but nothing much else has stuck. "Your Domino" just seems like a less graceful version of "110%" to me

Number None, Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:41 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been listsening all weekend -- am listening now -- and every time I'm ready to file it away as "This is nice, agreeable" I remember that I was walking around for a lot of 2015 going YOU WERE THE SWEETEST SWEETEST SONG and making Miguel's seal noises from "You and I, Forever."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

She's starting a podcast? Sure.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 2 November 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

this is dull

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:18 (one year ago) Permalink

On the second car play of the album, and like it well enough. Disappointed that "ft. Paul Buchanan" is more of a drive-by than a duet, and surprised that he wasn't utilized more. Maybe there's a proper duet floating around out there?

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 14:24 (one year ago) Permalink

this album rules

niels, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 14:49 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I saw her live a few days ago for the third time and she's still killing it. she basically brought the house lights up every several songs to chat with the audience

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 May 2018 01:26 (six months ago) Permalink

She’s the best

Music is confidence (Ross), Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:56 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiHl0_1h9Og/
^
at the show i went to, the woman in this video got brought up on stage during a song break after jessie saw her kind of grooving out dancing in the back doing her own thing. apparently she didn't even know jessie's music before the show and just came with her mom or aunt and friends and was just really feeling it.

circles, Sunday, 13 May 2018 03:29 (six months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I'm very into her new song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K5d1jtZ9hc

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

uh, shit, this kicks ass

just when i was thinking "i hope her next project is dancier"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:43 (two months ago) Permalink

much better

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of the track, the singer said, “’Overtime’ is a taste of what’s to come. It’s been really fun being back in the studio and I’m so excited to share this track. I worked on it with some of my favourite producers; James Ford & the guys of Bicep. It feels like I’m going back to my early days; it’s a late night song to flirt to. Whilst I carry on working on new music, I hope you really enjoy this one.”

Number None, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Jessie Ware and Bicep is a great combo.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Headline: Jessie Ware Flexes Her Muscles

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Love this new track.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

oh shit this is bicep????? god they were made for each other

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Uhh, I think I like this more than "Honey".

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh this is just fantastic. This is exactly the direction she should be going in right now.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 21:20 (two months ago) Permalink

i just picked up a vinyl copy of Glasshouse for $9, good timing.

omar little, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

wow can we get a whole Jessie Ware & Bicep album

ufo, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 21:59 (two months ago) Permalink

this is really good - the slightness of the production gives her so much space to command, there's a genericness that in lesser hands would be anonymous rather than formularic impressiveness, the point where a template becomes a model

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

fucking love jessie ware

she is also super hilarious

montoya (Ross), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:54 (two months ago) Permalink

it's fine but i'm not seeing it as the revelation y'all are

dyl, Thursday, 4 October 2018 03:40 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't recall enjoying anything from her last project tho so maybe i've just fallen out of love

dyl, Thursday, 4 October 2018 03:40 (two months ago) Permalink

it's just a delight to finally get an Imagine It Was Us sequel

ufo, Thursday, 4 October 2018 03:53 (two months ago) Permalink

this is good

Glasshouse was great

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 06:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I've loved all three of her albums, but ever since "Imagine It Was Us" I've been ready for her to release her version of Overpowered. Maybe this time I'll get it.

monotony, Thursday, 4 October 2018 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Glasshouseis her worst. I only kept "Your Domino."

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 October 2018 12:57 (two months ago) Permalink

you were perhaps just expecting something else from her

it's my fave

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

just as lex informed me after i wrote my review of it, obviously it's bad and sucks and i was wrong

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

j/k

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Glasshouse is her weakest but it's still good, just not a perfect album like Devotion

ufo, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:22 (two months ago) Permalink

She's announced she's pregnant again (!) on instagram so whatever the next project is it might still be a while away.

monotony, Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

For me the only lowlights of Glasshouse are the Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran co-writes, and "Slow Me Down" which is fine but lopes a little too languidly. Everything else is fabulous.

monotony, Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

"imagine it was us" is still so great

dyl, Friday, 5 October 2018 02:09 (two months ago) Permalink

and "Midnight Caller"!

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 October 2018 02:15 (two months ago) Permalink

this is so good

nxd, Friday, 5 October 2018 08:43 (two months ago) Permalink

this is really good - the slightness of the production gives her so much space to command, there's a genericness that in lesser hands would be anonymous rather than formularic impressiveness, the point where a template becomes a model

The production on this is better than maybe 99% of dance-pop, you can tell every sonic decision has been based around sounding amazing on a club system. Bicep production in general seems to lack any particularly unique sonic identity but at the same time it's just really satisfying and well-made, like a pebble you just want to keep rolling round in your hand.

Song itself is great as well, if we get a whole album of stuff in this vein them I'm onboard (and I guess it's mostly in the can already).

Matt DC, Friday, 5 October 2018 09:40 (two months ago) Permalink

glasshouse was good if a bit pedestrian, it felt like the record that threatened to "cross over" and "selfish love" felt like a much needed mash of tom waits/sade

my favourites are the bsides from tough love, which is imo her best record by miles.

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink


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