Cornwall-raised and London-based musician and producer Ted Jasper is today sharing the downtempo jazzy electronica of his latest single “Don’t Want It,” written in collaboration with fellow London-residing producer, Beni Giles.
Following on from his 2018 One Day EP (the inaugural release on Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce imprint, supported by 6 Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra) as well as recent single “Back For More,” this new cut arrives alongside disjointed, grainy visuals of Jasper wandering through London’s brutalist landscapes. You can check out the video HERE.
“Don’t Want It” is out now and available to stream/download HERE
Talking about the story behind “Don’t Want It,” Jasper reveals: “Me and Beni were writing it together and coming up with the hook using computer-based software, and throughout the session we were talking about how there’s always this ‘new’ thing you need as a producer. When it comes to software and technology, it moves so fast and certain technology that you’ve just acquired becomes obsolete so quickly. There’s this constant change, and that’s where the chorus came from – ‘Need it but don’t want it.’ It’s about the necessity of having to have this thing to continue, even if you don’t particularly want it.”
Drawing influence from a wide array of names – from Kanye West, to St Germain and The Neptunes – Jasper’s work is an intoxicating hybrid of jazz and soul sensibilities that are paired with refreshing, occasionally club-oriented production that takes its cues from downtempo house, hip-hop, lo-fi and trip-hop.
As the electronic leanings on display in “Don’t Want It” hint at, Jasper made his way into the music world through explorations into house music during a stint living in Bristol. In fact, having spent several years hiding behind the mixing desk in the years prior, his last single “Back For More” was the first time he even stepped in front of a microphone.
Through his work as a DJ, producer and, now, fully-fledged recording artist bringing his vocals to the fore, Jasper has attracted the admiration of established names such as Chicago Fingers Inc.’s Robert Owens and Berlin-based Daniel Haaksman (whom Jasper has collaborated with), as well as consistent radio airplay and praise courtesy of the likes of Giles Peterson (6Music), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra), Laurent Garnier (Boiler Room), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and John Kennedy (Radio X), plus further support from Worldwide FM, Radio Nova and BBC Introducing (recently being added to their nationwide ‘Hot List’).
Blurring the line between sprawling, infectious songwriting and the left-field corners of dance music, Ted Jasper has marked himself out as a burgeoning presence on the London scene – one that’s just as adept at soundtracking blissed-out Summer days as he is nights of dimly-hit hedonism.
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