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Producer Jacknife Lee Announces Album Featuring Beth Ditto, Sneaks, Open Mike Eagle And More

Thursday, 13 February 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Matt Mahurin

Jacknife Lee has announced his first album under his own name.

The renowned producer, who has the Killers, Regina Spektor, U2, R.E.M., Empire Of The Sun, Jack Garratt, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Snow Patrol on his CV, will put out 'The Jacknife Lee' on May 29 via Slow Kids Records.

The project features collaborations with Genesis Owusu, Earl St Clair, Beth Ditto, Sneaks, Haviah Mighty, Petite Noir, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Bibi Bourelly, Barny Fletcher, Aloe Blacc, and Open Mike Eagle.

Head below for the record's genre-bending lead single, Made It Weird featuring Open Mike Eagle, which arrives with a Jackie Radinsky-directed video. Lee said:

"Open Mike Eagle was on my dream list of collaborators but I didn’t think he’d do it. His flow is ridiculously clever and smooth. I’ve been a fan of his for ages. Once he was convinced to come to Topanga we just hung out, listened to records and I played him the beat and he took it away. And then this happened. He makes it sound so so easy but he’s doing some mad shit in there. This beat is the only sample on the record. It’s from Francis Lai, Young Freedom. 

The video was made by Jackie Radinsky. I’d seen and loved his documentaries on Daedelus and Open Mike Eagle, and he was a friend of a friend. He lived locally so I gave him the track and said do whatever you want. Being a producer and “in charge” most of the time, I love handing over the controls to someone else and letting them just get on with it. It’s really refreshing for me and I get to be excited by the newness of what happens."

'The Jacknife Lee' tracklist:

1. Flutter feat Genesis Owusu
2. I’m Getting Tired feat Earl St Clair and Beth Ditto
3. What Does It Mean?
4. Hit The Bell feat Sneaks and Haviah Mighty
5. Hell
6. Firewalls feat Petite Noir
7. Sisa Wabaya feat Muthoni Drummer Queen
8. The Studio feat Bibi Bourelly and Barny Fletcher
9. I Gave You Everything feat Aloe Blacc
10. That’s What All Boy Do feat Bibi Bourelly
11. Wawa
12. Made It Weird feat Open Mike Eagle
13. Flow


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