After opening the NME Radar stage at The Great Escape last month, Jamaica, the French duo formerly known as Poney Poney have announced the details of their highly anticipated debut album, ‘No Problem’.
Set for release on August 20th through Co-op Music, ‘No Problem’ was produced in Paris by Grammy Award winners Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) and Peter Franco. Contrary to what people might expect, there isn’t a synth in sight. In fact, the only rule when recording the album was “No synthesizers would be involved!”
‘No Problem’ positively erupts out of the stereo as opener ‘Cross The Fader’, and debut single ‘I Think I Like U 2’ set the tone with sleek melodies, rousing guitar riffs and crisp bass grooves. Jamaica stride through the album’s 11 tracks, slowing down the pace ever slightly on ‘Gentleman’ where the duo showcase their perfectly honed ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ melodies around Love Unlimited strings in a more hushed style. Closing the album with the climatic ‘When Do You Wanna Stop Working’, Jamaica end ‘No Problem’ the same way they started it, explosively.
The video for forthcoming single ‘Short & Entertaining’ – due August 16th – will be directed by Jeremie Rozan & Martial Schmetz – from Surface2Air – (Justice vs. Simian, The Streets) and features Igor Cavalera, the drummer and founding member of the Brazilian Thrash metal band Sepultura.
Based in Paris, Jamaica are Antoine Hilaire & Flo Lyonnet. The palette of colours served up on ‘No Problem’ reflects the pairs quite differing musical backgrounds: Antoine’s inspirations range from Michael Jackson and The Beatles to 60s girl groups and Nirvana, whilst Flo is the electro head but holds a special place in his heart for the likes of Pantera and Rage Against The Machine.
This wide spectrum of influences gives Jamaica its distinct sound: sleek pop hooks and rock undertones alongside super tight electronic production. The album’s yacht rock sound – resplendent with guitar solos reminiscent of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ – arrives just at the right time for summer.
Jamaica who play with a live drummer are currently supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their French tour.
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