Jai Paul – Jasmine

April 2, 2012

There was something strangely disarming about Jai Paul’s “BTSTU,” his debut track that started floating around the internet in 2010 and 2011. It was the cocksureness–Paul opens his first ever song by singing “Don’t fuck with me/Don’t fuck with me” in a falsetto that is, somehow, simultaneously cherubic and sinister. “BTSTU” was catchy, fresh and, most importantly, bold, and now comes a follow-up, “Jasmine.” Generically, it has a totally different feel, trading in the seductive, dub-influenced R&B for some strange incarnation of 80’s soul, but the approach feels similar. The common denominator here is the sonic darkness inherent in each track, as if, they were written in dark rooms and meant to be listened to in even darker ones.