Now Playing: Jai Paul, “Jasmine”

If you haven’t heard of Jai Paul, it’s nothing to be ashamed about. The phenomenal singer and producer with two first names is as reclusive as he is talented; two defining aspects of his persona that don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. But I’ve always felt that people are drawn to the mysterious and it doesn’t get much more mysterious than Jai Paul. As a signee of XL Recordings, the british powerhouse of a label that boasts such acts as Adele and Vampire Weekend, Paul has only officially released two songs in 4 years. One of those songs is “Jasmine”, which literally has me feeling some type of way every time I hear it.

It could be Jai Paul’s vocals in reverb, sounding almost ghostlike as they play off the heavy beating of 808’s at barely higher than a whisper. “Are you with me Jasmine?/Can you let me in,” Paul gently croons to the unknowable object of his affection. In between the subtle electric guitar riffs and synths, you can hear a specific sadness and longing that’s disarming and cooly invasive. By the end of the 4-minute-long track it’s clear that I’ve never been in love with anyone as much as he is with Jasmine. And I can’t tell who I should feel more sorry for. Him? Or me?

~J.Mon