|Saturday 11 January 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
After releasing a couple of dance hits on Gilles Peterson’s now iconic label Talkin Loud, notably “Take Me Now”, Tammy took a U turn. Instead of making the album fans expected, she took time out to play percussion in salsa bands, travelled to Brazil to learn samba songs and released eclectic music under various guises.
This period saw her sing and write with Sissi, Bristol sound originators Smith And Mighty, Boca 45 and Jukes, as well as touring as the drummer for John Parish (long time producer of PJ Harvey).
Tammy on Jukes: ”I wrote the first album “A Thousand Dreamers” in a psychedelic state sitting by fires and roaming woodlands. This feeling stayed with me for the next album We Might Disappear and overlapped a foray to the New York Bleecker St of my mind, taking the psychedelia from the woods to the city. My favourite music at this time was made in the decade of 1967 to 1977. Of course none of this was planned, it’s just something I can comment on now it’s done ! As with all the best journeys!”
Tammy then released “We Might Disappear” with her new band Jukes. Produced by Jim Barr (Portishead, Get The Blessing), it was a foray into the New York Bleecker Street of her mind, a folksy and sometimes psychedelic vehicle in which to explore her relationship with time, nature and fate. The label Triumphant Sound went bankrupt on its release, resulting in zero publicity for this undiscovered gem. But it’s critical acclaim included an 8/10 from the NME, describing it “A solar eclipse of LSD sound”.
Continuing her musical zig-zagging, she then released a classic rock / folk covers album on jazz label Edition Records. The combined jazz pedigree of the band – drummer Dylan Howe (The Blockheads), bassist Jim Barr (Get The Blessing), Dan Moore on keyboards (Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Shepherd) and Neil Smith (The Liftmen), gave a free flowing improvisational direction that packed a swarthy rhythm and blues punch. This was the perfect foil for Tammy’s haunting reinterpretation of the lyrics of Dylan, Cohen and Elvis Costello, etc.
After being hard to keep track of over the years with her various band names, Tammy has returned to herself and recorded a new album as Tammy Payne.
PRESS FOR JUKES ALBUMS “A Thousand Dreamers” (released on Badly Drawn Boy and Andy Votel’s label Twisted Nerve) and “We Might Disappear” (Triumphant Sound):
“A solar eclipse of LSD sound” ~ 8/10 NME
“We need albums like this – and artists like Payne” ~ ROOM THIRTEEN – WHERE MUSIC ROCKS
“She imprints her own image on curiously gorgeous Velvets style melancholy” ~ WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN
“The magic of this music will remain for a long,long time” ~ DAILY MIRROR
“A refreshingly original album” ~ 8/10 ROCK SOUND
“Quite a beautiful record” ~ RECORD COLLECTOR
“A weird and wonderful folksy dream. Breathtaking” ~ CITY LIFE MANCHESTER
“Jukes is the scary disney soundtrack that everyone is afraid to release. Amazing” ~ FLUX (Sonny Tremaine).
“Reminiscent of a Serge Gainsbourg score, Jukes brand of soulful psyche music is so infectious you’ll be rocking out in your dad’s kaftan before you know it” ~ DAZED & CONFUSED
“File under Alt-Genius or burn at the stake” ~ VENUE
Smith And Mighty
“One of the finest soul and jazz singers that the UK has produced in the past two decades” ~ BBC ONLINE Kevin Le Gendre
“Tammy Payne has an evocative soulful voice and a way of re-telling a story” ~ MOJO
“One of the most purely enjoyable releases of the year” ~ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
“Outstanding”~ THE INDEPENDENT