Oscar Jerome shares ‘Joy Is You’ from ‘Breathe Deep’ LP out Aug 14th

July 8, 2020
Photo by Denisha Anderson







South London-based guitarist and vocalist Oscar Jerome is today sharing the latest single, ‘Joy Is You’, from his incoming, highly-anticipated debut album ‘Breathe Deep’, due for release August 14th via Caroline International. the The poignant, stripped-back ‘Joy Is You’ arrives off the back of the recent singles ‘Sun For Someone’ (featuring Joe Armon-Jones and playlisted by 6 Music), ‘Your Saint’ (feat Brother Portrait’) and ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’. You can stream ‘Joy Is You’, and the accompanying video, here:

In support of the new album, Oscar recently announced a UK/European tour this November, including a stop at London’s Electric Brixton on Nov 25th

A more pared-back offering than we’ve heard on previous cuts, the record’s heartfelt closing song ‘Joy Is You’, out today, is foregrounded by crisp, jazzy acoustic guitars and Oscar’s vocals at their most pensive and soothing. The Norwich-born artist – who also plays in Brownswood-signed Afrobeat group Kokoroko – says of the song: “‘Joy Is You’ has been with me for many years. I’ve recorded it on salt marshes, beaches, lakes and multiple studios – in many ways that was more therapeutic for me than for the world to hear though. I wrote it celebrating the birth of my nephew. It pays homage to my family in general, past, present and future. With the loss of the older generation comes the birth of a new: “…the past looks through the window and rejoices in the blood flow”. Maybe some of the other recordings will surface one day.”

A staple of the capital’s burgeoning jazz scene–previously collaborating with everyone from Shabaka Hutchings to Moses Boyd and Yussef Dayes–the incoming ‘Breathe Deep’ LP sees Oscar bring in an army of collaborators that he says have been an integral part of his journey so far. The guests include several of his fellow band-mates in Kokoroko (for whom Oscar wrote the breakthrough track ‘Abusey Junction’, currently at over 50 million streams) and Joe Armon-Jones, plus friends in Sons of Kemet, Maisha and Steam Down 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 Oscar 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)

Talking about his highly-anticipated 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.” 

You can pre-order Oscar Jerome’s debut album, ‘Breathe Deep’, here:


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


searching for aliens

Sun For Someone

Give Back What U Stole From Me

Your Saint ft Brother Portrait

Coy Moon

what’s up buttercup


Fkn Happy Days ’N’ That

Timeless ft Lianne La Havas

draggin’ my heels

Joy Is You

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