Jamie T: Panic Prevention (EMI)

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Jamie T: Ike & Tina
Jamie T: Panic Prevention (EMI)

Chaotic, slightly demented, aggressive and infused with a punk DIY spirit, this mind-bending collage of music, noise and sound clash from young London DJ/singer Jamie T won't be to everyone's taste -- which is a polite way of saying that some might want to approach this with caution.

But the fact is Panic Prevention is a boiling, boisterous, angry and often funny mix-mash from the clubs and streets where he lives, and he also manages to inject something quietly thrilling into it without resorting to self-parody.

He began his career playing bass in a punk band, did solo open-mike nights (playing bass because he couldn't figure out the six string thing), created beats in his bedroom, discovered the Beastie Boys, got into mix tapes, did some DJing in clubs, got big ups from Zane Lowe on Radio One, finished this album, supported Billy Bragg and The Good, The Bad And The Queen, and won "best solo act" at this year's NME awards.

The Observer hailed this as "one of the all-time British solo debuts" (I think they missed out the word "great" somewhere) and gave it five stars, as did Time Out.

Panic Prevention is an exciting lo-fi sonic collage where you will hear snatches of Cali-punk rock, drum'n'bass, English sentimentality, street poetry, Tony Blair sampled, trip-hop and infuences from reggae, and even some angry acoustic Anglo-folk Bragg-style on the terrific Back in the Game.

It's a lot to assimilate but the way it speeds by is utterly intoxicating.

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