‘Take a Night Off’ with Jamie Lane’s silky-smooth left-field pop
Fresh-faced Brisbane producer JAMIE LANE aka James Day has delivered his second banger of the year with ‘Take a Night Off’. Following on from his sophomore single ‘Sink’ from April, it’s a weird and wacky take on electro-pop, blending elements of house and R&B with an experimental edge to craft a truly memorable track.
Taking inspiration from greats like Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and Sampha, Jamie Lane’s oeuvre is warped and glitchy R&B-pop. With pitch-shifted vocals and erratic beats, his earlier single ‘Sink’ displayed this sound perfectly, perfecting a dense electronic sound that doesn’t betray its pop influences. ‘Take a Night Off’ sees Jamie Lane weaving elements of house through his sultry sound, resulting in a club-ready yet esoteric banger.
With four-to-the-floor kicks and half-step hats driving warm, low-end keys and warped vocals, ‘Take a Night Off’ blends its pounding dance elements with its smooth-as-butter R&B style perfectly. It moves between these styles so smoothly you won’t even notice: it’ll go from soft vocals and quiet clicks to body-moving magic without sacrificing energy or flow. The vocal style helps to make this even more seamless, with layers mixing clean but breathy vocals with pitch-shifted, glitchy goodness. A track that’s minimal yet refined, Jamie Lane‘s production and songwriting chops get to shine, pulling off a tough blend of genres without a hitch.
‘Take a Night Off’ sees Jamie Lane flexing his production skills: not only can he craft a wacky R&B cut like ‘Sink’, he can also make four-to-the-floor magic like it’s nothing. It’s early days but Jamie Lane is showing remarkable flexibility as a producer, and with chops like these, the future is certainly looking bright.
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WORDS BY MAX LEWIS