“We could always go to the Vortex, Jamie Woon is on” said the excited Hectic. “Narhhhh” said his companion, “lets go and get drunk.” Big, big mistake.
This little tale happened before the debut single ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ came out and the simple message is, don’t miss an opportunity to see Jamie Woon, especially when the alternative is to get hammered.
Talking of which, Gilles Peterson has been hammering ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ on his show and it turned up at No. 30 in the All-Winners poll. This is very impressive when we find out that Jamie is from the gospel spiritual home of New Malden.
This week New Malden was covered in snow like much of England and would have been a fine setting for a video to the remix by Burial. His ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ seems to have wandered into a spooky haunted house dub vibe. While that’s very cinematic, the Stitch version goes for a downtempo jazz mix.
The 12″ comes with the bonus of a song called ‘Gravity’ which is simply Woon and an acoustic guitar as a neo-soul-blues-folk.
He’s got such a strong voice, this is either going to be massive or a future find for some compiler for lost classics. By the looks of his future gigs, there’s little risk of this track getting lost on its travels. Check out the video below and be impressed. Now, where’s me pint gone?
11 Feb 2007 Sunday Sounds @ The Spike Peckham, London
16 Feb 2007 The John Sebastian, Bristol
5 Mar 2007 The Pigalle (supporting Ebb) London
13 Mar 2007 Bowery Ballroom NYC, New York
16 Mar 2007 Gobsmack Voice Festival @ The Spitz (Experimental Looping Set)
5 Apr 2007 La Cigale (Blue Note Festival supporting Tony Allen) Paris
25 Apr 2007 Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (Luminous Frenzy, Jamie Woon, Blueswerver)
Reviewed: Jamie Woon — Wayfaring Stranger (Live Recordings) Cat. No. LVREC12003 Released: Feb 2007
1. Wayfaring Stranger (3:44)
2. Gravity (4:17)
3. Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix) (6:20)
4. Wayfaring Stranger (Stitch Remix) (3:53)
Gilles Peterson :: Thursday 28 December :: All Winners 2006
(30) Jamie Woon — ‘Warfaring Stranger’ (Live)