Curated by David ‘Dsgrace’ Gilmore

After appearing from seemingly nowhere with a couple of strong open mic showings and teaser tunes in the latter half of 2017, Jack Bashful has now unleashed his debut EP, Fictional Clientele, into the Irish hip-hop melting pot and proving his worth as a newcomer that can hang with the island’s best of them.

While previously whetting appetites in the run-up to release with his own take on Skepta’s Still and a video for one of the EPs tracks, ‘Bears, Beets & Battlestar’, Jack really lets his effortless style shine through in his recent SkankFM Booth Sessions footage where he glides through 3 tracks back to back, passion overflowing though never breaking a sweat. Elite level performance really is nothing to this guy.

Skank Fm Booth Sessions – Jack Bashful (Episode 2)

Catch Jack Bashful live in the booth with episode two of 'Skankfm Booth Sessions 2018'. Jack stepped into the studio did a warm up or two and literally put down three tracks back to back on one take. Video shoot and edit by Niall Murphy & DAZ. Like, share,subscribe, follow and most importantly support the dude further with his music! www.skankfm.co.uk

Posted by Skankfm on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Video courtesy of SkankFM

The 21-year-old Lurgan prodigy (a surprising hotbed for emerging Irish talent with fellow local L.O.R.D also delivering an excellent debut release as recently as February) weaves words intricately and displays a lyrical maturity beyond his years. Such is his flair for language it is perhaps not that surprising that Jack studies French & Spanish at University in Coleraine. This time spent on the North Coast saw a connection which would lead to having DBMCs chief in engineering Danny Droppit on recording duties for parts of his new project.

Bears, Beets and Battlestar

Here’s a quick video of a live performance of Bears, Beets and Battlestar, one of the songs from my upcoming EP Fictional Clientele.Beat produced by Caolan McCallionMore coming soon.Click HD for better sound quality!

Posted by Jack Bashful on Friday, 16 February 2018

 


After steadily gaining momentum over the last 12 months, Jack recently delivered his debut release, Fictional Clientele, in March this year. At first glance, titles such as ‘Cleansing of the Palate’ and ‘Bears, Beets and Battlestar’ have you already clued in that the idea of regular hip-hop stereotypes will be left at the door for this one.  Jack debuts over a mostly dreamy, lo-fi soundscape, painted by producers IAMIAN and Cbakl.

From the opening on Launch, rolling slowly over his syllables he marks the start of his journey stating “never been here before, I can’t say that I’m back”. Garnering a round of applause from the audience Jack proceeds to kick things up a few gears on the second verse, really beginning to take flight with a momentum that will build over the following songs.

Conflicted, the projects longest track is aptly titled as it is a theme that constantly follows Jack throughout his writing. He beautifully defines himself as an artist here early on in his lyrical travels declaring;

“I fought the heroes and Sympathise with villains,

And I f**k with being hated (why?) cus it symbolises difference.”

Painting himself as “a loner who doesn’t know who I’m supposed to be” Jack flips to the other side of the coin, banishing his self-doubts for a more bold, swagger-filled style on the follow-up;

“It’s too easy, I’m just showing off,

They targeting the throne now their holding off,

…Said I’d make an impression I wasn’t f**kin wrong.”

Lyrically on point throughout, whether taking inspiration from his day to day life or more far-fetched scenarios, Jack may however have been a bit off the mark in New Devil stating “odds of being liked are low”. While in line with themes of his own self-doubt, the up and comer is likely to find himself surprised with the reception this effort receives.

By the time the EP’s closer Sticky Toffee rolls around, despite opening up with Jack’s fears of being “imperfect” and general performance anxiety, the artist we hear now has grown and he knows it -“confidence was weak but now its metal plated”. This could well be the standout song, marked with excellent, powerful delivery, he means every word.

Fictional Clientele closing with the hazy instrumental fading out over an extended period is a fitting end to what has come before it, allowing time to reflect on Jack Bashful’s debut while leaving us wishing for more of the same from the man in the future.

Jack Bashful’s debut is a release of growth and a journey that you feel you have joined him on along a 7 song time-lapse as he progresses to the standard of artist he finds himself now. You will feel a deeper understanding and connection to him than you would expect in such a timeframe.

Most songs are on the shorter side of things, and will leave you as a listener eager for more and no doubt speculating what Jack is capable of delivering over a full-length project now he has found his “rut to revel in”.

Check out Jack Bashful’s latest project: Fictional Clientele.