Jessie Ware – ‘Overtime’
Over the past few months, I’ve been listening to more Jessie Ware than at any point since she released her debut album and ‘Wildest Moments’ soundtracked a rather splendid BBC montage of Andy Murray doing some incredible bits of tennis six years ago. This time, however, it’s been less about her music and more focused on a burgeoning podcast career: the splendid Table Manners boils down to Ware and her mum curating dinner, conversation, and the occasional short rib-based catastrophe with your Loyle Carners, Annie Macs, and Sadiq Khans.
Fortunately, it seems she’s keeping every plate spinning rather tidily. Her first release since last October’s Glasshouse, ‘Overtime’ trades in the unappetising varnish of pop workhorses like Benny Blanco and infamous podcast visitor Ed Sheeran for a rough and club-ready thump made alongside acclaimed Belfast producers Bicep and up-and-coming writer/featurer Shungudzo. Of course, Ware’s no stranger to such a task – it was in a trifecta of sheer dreams that she made her name alongside SBTRKT and Sampha at the turn of the decade – and the result rolls back the years towards those bizarre yet wonderful days when people actually thought dubstep made sense. That’s my kind of nostalgia.