Oscar Jerome teams up with South East London DJ Ben Hauke for ‘No Need’, out now via DMY. The pair come together again following a collaboration in 2019, for Oscar’s release ‘Gravitate’ and took the opportunity during 2020’s lockdowns to reignite their creative output as a duo. The release blends Jerome’s jazz, soul and guitar elements with Hauke’s influences from house, broken beat and ’90s hip-hop, across the two-track EP.
Oscar comes off the back of his 2020 breakthrough debut album ‘Breathe Deep’ which featured Lianne La Havas. He was labelled as The Guardian’s ‘One To Watch’ as well as receiving frequent support and playlisting across the likes of 6 Music, Radio1 and 1Xtra, for his ability to supply ‘absorbing grooves alongside arresting and poignant lyrics’.
A former member of Afrobeat collective, Kokoroko, he’s established himself as a key player in not only South London’s contemporary Jazz scene, but the global stage too. Performing at festivals such as PukkelPop, GALA Festival and Turning Tides, the London native also lines up a 20-date UK & EU tour this autumn.
South East-London based producer, DJ and composer Ben Hauke has made a name for himself with releases on labels such as Far Out Recordings, Cooperation Records and YAM Records, whilst finding a consistent home on his own Woop Records.
Recent release ‘ONE YEAR DANCE’, was added to 6 Music’s playlist and received heavy support across stations such as Rinse FM, NTS and Balamii. Touting a sound that can be applied to a multitude of genres, Hauke isn’t afraid to express himself and moves across spaces, such as jazz, breaks, garage and acid.
With jazz inflicted percussion and Jerome’s voice, title track ‘No Need’ kicks off the EP, bringing in wider house elements through Hauke’s production. ‘Cosmic Egg’ ventures into more experimental territories, with Jerome painting a picture above the hip-hop beat.