So, this happened.
The internet is a buzz with the surprise appearance of a ‘some type of’ Jai Paul release that made it’s way onto bandcamp early this morning. While there’s no official word on what exactly this is, there a few cryptic messages and tweets floating around that suggests that this obscure release (discovered and dissected by CiTR) is an official release i.e. was uploaded by or on behalf of the elusive Rayners Lane singer/producer.
None of the 16 tracks (including a cover of Jennifer Paige’s ‘Crush’ and a few tracks that you’ll already have heard floating around) are labelled and many sound unfinished or in demo form, but for fans who have been waiting for anything from this guy – this is a huge moment. ‘BTSTU’ (track 16) dropped back in ’07 and ‘Jasmine’ (track 9) was uploaded to soundcloud in 2012 – since then, we’ve all been in an unnerving state of limbo. We even tried harassing some friends of ours who are close to the project – their answer: “when Jai Paul decides to release something, he’ll release something, but until then we’ll be waiting just like you”… So this type of ‘random’ release fits his MO and at this stage no one is claiming it to be a fake or an illegal upload – including his record company XL Recordings.
I suggest you listen and buy whatever this is (we’ll call it the Holy Grail tape for now) before it disappears forever and digest what looks to be an album/mixtape that for many of us has been over six years in the making.
Update: Jai Paul has released a statement on twitter stating that the untitled project that hit the web yesterday was an unauthorised leak and not an official release. Taking to his until-now-dorment twitter account the reclusive singer said “To confirm: demos on bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don’t buy”. The 16 track upload has since been pulled from to bandcamp and customers who purchased the release have begun receiving refunds.
… A sceptic might say this all a feels a bit suspect, but hey – who really knows. Lets just hope this guy releases something soon.