Jude The Obscure

REVIEW: ‘Moments’ (EP) – Jude The Obscure

Jude The Obscure – “Moments” (EP)

“Moments” is the new EP from 24 year old Manchester singer and producer Jude The Obscure. Jazz infused, this is an accomplished piece of work both musically and vocally from this new boy on the scene. Jude combines his earlier releases this year with the showcase title track of the EP, perfect for a Sunday morning or just lazing about endlessly.

Jude himself tells us of the EP: “‘Moments’ is about hard work; about overcoming the hurdles that life throws at you; about coming out on top in light of the hardships we face in our day to day lives. It’s an anthem of resilience and perseverance – surviving your early twenties with ambition, aspiration and sanity intact is no easy feat. One way or another, we all find ways to cope with what’s going on around us, now more than ever”.

“Moments” kicks off in find style with that very song and as you would expect from every great jazz number a long instrumental to fade following Jude’s gorgeous voice layers every step of the way into his world. The class and level of excellence remains with “Strong Enough” as Jude raps through the verses against a backdrop of a distant trumpet and fast paced percussion as Jude urges you to “show ’em that you’re strong enough”, defeat lockdown and rise up taller than ever before. “Waiting” is just so gorgeous and ‘innocent’ you can actually feel every note Jude utters.

Jude wants real love and is…waiting…waiting for ‘you’. Jude asks “tell me how you started to fall?” Tell him… Big time jazz blues come with “Chapter 8” as Jude once again seals the fusion of jazz and rap and makes these two musical styles blend and bond as if they had always meant to. If you like Jamiroquai, this this is right up your street, only classier and one for a more distinguished connoisseur of musical genres. Jude is planning to take this EP on tour next year and I for one would be happy to sit at the bar with a brandy and while away the hours enveloped in every note Jude can give.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!