Oscar Jerome shares video & single ‘Give Back What You Stole From Me’, album ‘Breathe Deep’ out July 10 via Caroline Int.

South London’s Oscar Jerome is today sharing the latest single, ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’, to be lifted from his highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Breathe Deep’, due for release July 10th via Caroline International. Alongside the new single and video, the guitarist and vocalist (who also plays in Brownswood-signed afrobeat group Kokoroko) is now announcing a lengthy UK/European tour for later this year, including his biggest headliner to date at Electric Brixton, London on November 25th (after sold out shows across the capital at the likes of Heaven, Village Underground and EartH.)

You can watch the video to the track, which premiered over at 6 Music and covered by The Line of Best Fit, below.

“This is the sequel to a track I released a few years back. We have been playing it live for a long time and it has evolved into something a lot more upbeat and funky so I wanted people to hear that on the record,” Oscar says of ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’. Always a stand-out from Oscar and band’s wild live shows, the new single sees those languid vocals and jazz-guitar flourishes bolstered by the soaring saxophone of Theo Erskine and a loose, shuffling rhythm section courtesy of bassist Jack Polley, drummer Ayo Salawu (Kokoroko) and percussionist Crispin Spry (Brian Eno, Mulatu Astatke). “I wrote this song about the greed and disgusting self-importance of bankers,” Oscar reflects: “The lyrics can apply to many situations, however, I’d say it is more relevant than ever right now as we see the health and livelihood of ordinary people being overlooked as large corporations exploit the situation and get propped up by government money.”

A staple of the capital’s burgeoning jazz scene – previously collaborating with everyone from Shabaka Hutchings to Moses Boyd and Yussef Dayes – the ‘Breathe Deep’ LP sees Oscar bring in an army of collaborators that he says have been an integral part of his journey so far. Other guests include friends in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Maisha, as well as the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. The record arrives off the back of a fast-growing catalogue that’s seen the Norwich-born guitarist and vocalist pick up frequent support and playlisting from the likes of 6 Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra and embark on packed-out tours around the US, UK, Europe and Australia (including a tour with American jazz maestro Kamasi Washington and his biggest headliner to date at London’s Heaven). 

Talking about his debut album, Oscar says: “‘Breathe Deep’ is a pretty broad presentation of who I am musically and my journey to get to this point. On a personal level, it’s a reflection of the effort put in during that path of self-bettering, both emotionally and in life more broadly. It’s about preparing oneself for failure and growing from that. Taking a moment to step back and see where things are going and where one has been. It also addresses the resilience of people, which is reflected in the more political moments on the album. The world is a messed up place but people still find ways of preparing themselves for it.” 

Oct 9 – Gent, BE – Balzaal at Vooruit
Oct 27 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
Oct 29 – Oslo, NO – Krøsset
Oct 31 – Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
Nov 2 – Cologne, DE – JAKI
Nov 3 – Hamburg, DE – Nachtasyl
Nov 5 – Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
Nov 7 – Warsaw, PL – Hydrozagadka
Nov 9 – Vienna, AT – Porgy & Bess
Nov 10 – Luzern, CH – Schüür
Nov 11 – Munich, DE – Strom
Nov 13 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Nov 16 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
Nov 17 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave
Nov 18 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Nov 20 – Glasgow, UK – Drygate
Nov 21 – Newcastle, UK – St Doms Social Club
Nov 22 – Bristol, UK – Fleece
Nov 23 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre
Nov 25 – London, UK – Electric Brixton


“Oscar Jerome is amazing. There is absolutely no denying it.” Wonderland
“One of the UK’s brightest songwriting hopes.” The Line Of Best Fit
“A central figure in the London jazz scene.” Complex
“Lush, buoyant melodies.” Observer
“Oscar Jerome makes thoughtful, political, modern jazz.” Notion
“This exponent of London’s thriving jazz scene is living for the moment.” Dummy
“One of the best new guitar players in the UK.” The Guitar Magazine
“Motivated by politics, spirituality and life.” i-D
“He is more than deserving of the accolades he has already amassed and will continue to gain.” London in Stereo
“One of our favorite upcoming artists.” Hypebeast
“The songwriter is a key aspect of the conversation between club culture and jazz in London.” Clash Magazine 

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