One of the most explosive new talents to emerge from the UK of late is South London-based singer Jodie Abacus who has just released his new track ‘Halfway to Mexico’.
Produced by rising singer/producer Royce Wood Junior, ‘Halfway to Mexico’ is a sun-kissed concoction of soul, R&B and funk that sees Abacus’ silky vocal range swiftly caress a smoked-out psychedelic jam that proves his reputation as a purveyor of London’s “future soul” movement.
Jodie Abacus announced his arrival to the musical landscape earlier this year with his debut single ‘Good Feeling’. The track won widespread online support, and was both added to BBC1Xtra’s playlist and given the station’s illustrious ‘Best of British Record of the Week’ slot. With an innate skill for marrying the up-tempo rhythms of R&B and funk’s ‘golden age’ with a euphoric, modern approach, the future face of soul looks set to capitalise on the hype with the release of ‘Halfway to Mexico’.
“Somewhere between a less animated Thundercat and a more off-the-wall Stevie Wonder – i-D
“Something about Jodie Abacus’ music just has that funk” – Noisey
“Like Thundercat, with serious, unrelenting mainstream potential, this is the sound of funk and pure-pop meeting like best friends reunited” – DIY
“Soul-pop mastery” – Dummy
“Explosive, buoyant piece of electronic R&B, comes across like an oddball Stevie Wonder filtered through a 23rd century landscape” – Clash