Imagine luscious Hollywood strings and soft vocals set to Latin-tinged and elegantly composed songs on a bed of sharp bright synths, metallic beats and jarring electronic noise. PC music meets Paul Simon and Nouvelle Vague. Jockstrap are the alternative pop duo based in London who offer this eclectic style of contemporary music. Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2016, forming the group a year later and releasing their debut track, 'I Want Another Affair' in December.
The pair's incredibly firm footing in classical music and jazz is evident within the writing, which combined with their love of experimental and contemporary music, creates a unique and advanced approach to the pop format. Ellery's lyrics are honest - sometimes powerful, or tender, and largely influenced by Plath and Rossetti. Her songs are structured like a jazz standard, yet they are distorted by Skye's darker, more intense instrumentation and vocal manipulation after they are fed through an analog tape recorder. Jockstrap take all the right cues from the pop world and blend them with experimental values to produce a sophisticated and exciting proposition.
08 Feb, 2020
Jockstrap are The Line of Best Fit's 'Song Of The Day'.
"Jockstrap embark on a weird trip on sweet new outing 'Acid'"
07 Feb, 2020
THE FACE - Interview: Jockstrap are giving classical romance a surreal twist.
The London duo blend orchestral strings with jagged electronics and salacious lyrics. It's a formula that's landed them a Dean Blunt collab and a deal with Warp Records.
07 Feb, 2020
Jockstrap sign to Warp Records and share a new track 'Acid'. Featured in The Quietus, D.I.Y Magazine & Clash.
04 Feb, 2020
London based alternative pop project Jockstrap have today announced their signing to Warp for a new release due later this year and shared 'Acid', the first single on their new label home.
Jockstrap's instigators Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye have enjoyed a remarkable 18 months since launching their 2018 debut mini-album 'Love Is the Key to the City' and subsequently sharing its beautifully disorienting remix version 'Lost My Key In The ❤️ Club ❤️' in 2019.
Ellery has starred in Cornish film 'BAIT' (which went on to win a BIFA award and the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, as well as receiving a nomination for Outstanding British Film) and performed the film's score live on 17 Jan at the BFI with Cornish-Welsh artist Gwenno. Skye on the other hand has developed his own much-lauded solo project, remixed the sublime new album from Arizona's Injury Reserve (who Jockstrap toured with in the U.K. last year) in its entirety and has played live keys with slowthai. Ellery has also collaborated with Underworld on their ongoing experimental project, 'DRIFT'; both Ellery and Skye wrote and performed on Dean Blunt's 2018 'Soul On Fire' mixtape (also featuring A$AP Rocky & Mica Levi). Jockstrap were also asked to collaborate and perform at Africa Express' sold-out one-off show in a circus tent in Walthamstow last year.
Speaking about 'Acid' - which was also produced by Skye and features his vocals for the first time on a Jockstrap release - Ellery said, "Acid is a track for my brother. It's expansive, vibrant and filled with love.
Taylor designed this beautiful sound world: I sent him a 6/8 ballad and he sent me back this other worldly thing." Skye adds "Georgia sent me this swooning, expressive, tender piano demo and I did my best to match it. It was real fun to produce. I feel like this is the most uplifting song we've made so far - it almost has summer vibes."
Since Jockstrap's inception Ellery and Skye have set about creating the sort of intensely bubbling interest that most new bands can only dream of; 'Love Is the Key to the City' and 'Lost My Key In The ❤️ Club ❤️' were praised by Loud And Quiet, Dazed ('On The Rise') Noisey ('Hit List'), DIY ('Neu'), BBC ('Newbie Tuesday'), The Quietus, The Guardian ('Future 50'), Notion, London In Stereo ('In London'), Wonderland, Music Week ('Tastemakers') See You Mate, Fred Perry, Gorilla Vs Bear, CLASH, The Line Of Best Fit, The FADER, BBC News and more. BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and Apple's Beats 1 are also staunch supporters of the pair.
More new, original Jockstrap music is currently in the works and will air later in the year on Warp. In the meantime, Jockstrap will play live for the first time in 2020, with a special appearance supporting Anna Meredith at EartH, London on 5th February.
"You need to hear Jockstrap, the duo making London's brightest, weirdest pop." - Dazed
"Jockstrap will be one of those special, highly creative things that keeps on growing." - Noisey
"hypnotic exotica" - The Guardian
10 May, 2019
Day two of The Great Escape festival in Brighton features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists.
Friday 10th May:
...I See Rivers
...The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo
...Keyah / Blu
...Everyone You Know
...High Contrast (DJ Set)
08 May, 2019
The Great Escape festival takes place this weekend in Brighton, featuring 500 bands & artists at 30 venues across the city.
Primary Talent International are well represented, with a great many acts performing each day.
Thursday 9th May:
...These New South Whales
01 Apr, 2019
The London duo are back with a beautifully disorientating remix of the single featuring Taylor Skye, and a video to match.
Featured in Wonderland magazine.
27 Feb, 2019
The Great Escape festival takes place at multiple venues across Brighton, from 9th-11th May. Included in the first wave of artists announced, are many from the Primary Talent International roster:
08 Jan, 2019
Jockstrap are the subject of the 'Get To Know' feature in DIY magazine.
07 Jan, 2019
Jockstrap are featured in the new issue of Wonderland magazine.
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