FEATURES JOJO, DODIE, LIANNE LA HAVAS, OUMOU SANGARÉ, CHRIS THILE, SAM AMIDON, STEVE VAI, BECCA STEVENS, MARO AND MORE
“The greatest musician alive” - Ty Dolla $ign
“I have never seen a talent like this. Absolutely mind-blowing” - Quincy Jones
19 JULY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, arranger and two-time GRAMMY award-winner Jacob Collier releases his new album Djesse – Volume 2 via Hajanga Records in exclusive license to Decca/Geffen/Universal Music Canada.
Listen to Djesse - Volume 2 HERE
Volume 2 marks the midpoint of Djesse, an epic, four-LP project spanning 40-plus songs that all explore distinct musical styles. Collier crafted much of Volume 2 from the home studio in his childhood, London bedroom, performing, producing, engineering, and composing nearly everything himself. Following on from Volume 1, which explored the limitlessness of orchestral and choral music, this latest instalment focuses on the intimacy and closeness of smaller acoustic spaces, whilst simultaneously welcoming a huge new network of collaborators.
Djesse - Volume 2 features avant-soul singer Lianne La Havas, UK YouTube sensation dodie, Grammy-winning Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, Chris Thile, JoJo, Sam Amidon, Steve Vai, Becca Stevens, and MARO.
Volume 2 has featured four singles. ‘Make Me Cry’ was the first and was coupled with an immersive 360 virtual-reality music video, which brings Collier’s musical world to life in a typically otherworldly, imaginative and technologically boundary-pushing fashion. The 360° music video for ‘Make Me Cry’ is available here.The album also features Collier’s collaboration with British YouTube star dodie, which involved the pair joining forces for an original adaptation of The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Directed, edited and filmed solely by Collier and dodie in North London, the music video for ‘Here Comes The Sun’ is available to watch here.
Collier’s take on the classic ‘Moon River’ was the third single. An a cappella master class in harmony created with 5,000 of his own vocal recordings and a dizzying array of friends, from Chris Martin and Tori Kelly to Ty Dolla $ign and Herbie Hancock. Watch the music video for Moon River here.
The latest single, written by Collier just this May, is ‘It Don’t Matter’, which features a collaboration with JoJo. ‘It Don’t Matter’ delivers one of Collier’s funkiest creations to date, laying his and JoJo’s satin vocals over sputtering grooves of bass and body percussion. Listen to and watch “It Don’t Matter” here.
Jacob Collier is largely self-taught, and the viral YouTube covers he began posting in 2012 from his London bedroom caught the attention of Quincy Jones and made him a star. Now recognised as one of the world’s most impressive, unique and prodigious musicians, Collier has won two GRAMMY awards, a Jazz FM Award for his entirely self-recorded 2016 album ‘In My Room’, and the PRS For Music Gold Award at this year’s Jazz FM Awards.