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  • Release Date 2012-09-24
  • Label Ninja Tune
  • Catalog ZENDNLS336
Singer / songwriter Jesse Boykins III delivers the second single from his upcoming collaborative album with MeLo-X Zulu Guru to be released on Ninja Tune (Oct. 30th North America / Nov. 5th U.K). After the free download giveaway "Black Orpheus" which accompanied the album announcement, "The Perfect Blues" is the second offering from Zulu Guru. A dazzling love ballad, "The Perfect Blues" sees Jesse Boykins III at his best - spellbinding harmonies and lyrics float over textured claps, keyboards, and back-up vocals. A creation sprouted from his experience at the Red Bull Music Academy as a participant, this song is a genuine collaborative effort. The production comes courtesy of Gora Sou, who handled the bulk while Dorian Concept contributes keys and Andrea Balency provides back-up vocals. All three musicians are RBMA alumni alongside Jesse and created the song while at the academy. Dorian recalls "I loved the clap sounds Marc [Gora Sou] made, and when Jesse came in, he just killed it." In the video, filmmaker and artist Dr. Woo follows Jesse during a trip he took to Tokyo and Kamakura for a performance on the RBMA at SonarSound Tokyo. In addition, the video chronicles Jesse's experience in Japan and serves as a visual insight into his experience with travel, discovery, and his creative approach. As Jesse explains: "The color blue is supernatural. It has the power to create a peaceful state and form bonds in any space. It allows for full spiritual bloom in unlikely places, it creates life from nothing. From my perspective the color blue represents space, time and the beauty found in a given moment. Quite fortunately I was provided this type of space by Red Bull Music Academy during my stay in Madrid; connecting with producer Gora Sou on the same wave to produce a powerful song: "The Perfect Blues". My experience in Tokyo is the visual representation which reflects the continuation of my musical and spiritual journey. Documented by Dr.Woo, "The Perfect Blues" is simply a sign of how art and color reflect real life and true living."
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