“..it’s unusual to hear such diverse sounds on a debut record.” - Metro
“Harry Jay-Steele has an innate percussive sense, a near-telepathic ability to rise cresting waves of rhythmic effusion.” - Clash Music
"..Harry is creating invigoratingly unique music which falls into a range of genres, with elements ranging from African Rhythm to contemporary pop." - Wonderland Magazine
“..sounds too good to be true.” - Indieshuffle
“An incredibly promising debut..” - Spindle Magazine
Musician, guitarist and producer Harry Jay-Steele presents his debut single ‘Reach You’ via Naim Records (home to Mercury-nominated Eska). The track has been co-produced by Harry and Alex Burey (Loyle Carner/Sundara Karma) and was mastered by the legendary John Dent (PJ Harvey/Massive Attack/Tom Vek).
Harry cites abstract beat king Flying Lotus and symphonic funk arranger David Axelrod as influences. “I love that big sound, there’s definitely an element of that,” he says of the latter. “I always loved ’70s production.”
Harry’s music carves out a genre all of it’s own. Combining an eclectic range of influences from Soul, African Rhythm and Contemporary classical arrangements to modern pop, he has created an emotive and grand sound that encompasses an array of genres.
‘Reach You’ finds him incorporating programmed beats amidst the mellifluous keys and John Martyn-esque double bass, the track driven along by house music kicks and finger clicks..
Describing ‘Reach You’ Harry says: "I wrote ‘Reach You’ on a loop pedal with my guitar initially but it really evolved into a song on the computer. It’s a song about a journey, the fears, joy and sorrow that can create in someone - I'll leave it there for other people to take away what they get from it lyrically.”