The first time I heard ‘Lady Luck’, Jamie Woon was singing it acapella on a canoe in Cambodia. Released as a taster preview on Youtube, his luminous voice was hypnotizing. It tapped into some peace frequency in my sternum. Oars softly clunked the boat, rays of sunlight sliced the tree tops, reflections danced on the water and my soul rested cocooned in the song. For a long time now, he’s been London’s underground soulboy on the make with four years between the beautifully lamenting ‘Wayfaring Stranger‘ and the release of his debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’. I hear the folks at SWSX this year have been somewhat perplexed by this clean-cut, quiet storm of a soul man who does not seem to fit into any mold. ‘Lady Luck’ has an effortless tick tock groove, a snapping rhythm underpinning the song. “With the loop station you are locked into a groove, he says, and the loop, it just keeps coming round, so you better take it somewhere you want to go.” I know exactly where I want to go. Straight on over to itunes. Woon does not rhyme with swoon for nothing.
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