Article: Jamie Cullum Teams Up With Roots Manuva

Since the release of  ‘Love For $ale’ yesterday, Jamie has been popping up in the news all over. Here is another great article., Written by Robert Shore

They’re selling human hearts down the Walworth Road – for artistic purposes, of course.

I’m in south London to see the filming of music video Love For Sale, the teaser release from the new Jamie Cullum album. Larry Lamb plays a door-to-door heart salesman while the young jazzer, a fellow denizen of this dystopian parallel universe, features as the ‘indecisive observer’.

But never mind the edgy video: Cullum singing a Cole Porter-penned standard – what could be more predictable than that?

Actually, both the choice of number – a song about prostitution strongly associated with female interpreters such as Billie Holiday – and the pounding, darkly ambient sonic makeover that Cullum and his producer, Dan the Automator, have subjected it to are remarkably bold: the very opposite of old-school jazz.

And the song’s rap, by Roots Manuva, wasn’t dreamed up to appeal to the more traditional tastes of Michael Parkinson, the television broadcaster who introduced Cullum to a mainstream audience and helped turn his 2004 Twentysomething album into a monster hit.

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