JWestern - Leeds’ alt-pop answer to the likes of Gus Dapperton and Easy Life - returns after a break following his debut EP Just People with new single “Aspirin”. This latest track sees the jazz-meets-hip hop-meets-R&B songwriter explores his inner thoughts, detailing his overthinking in everyday situations over a vibey groove.

A relatively new kid on the block, having only released his first project last year in 2020, JWestern’s lead single, “Call You Right Now”, paved the way for his funky, heavy basslines - something which has been built upon for “Aspirin”. The smooth, relaxed vocal fits right in with the intricate jazz-inspired drum groove, all while awash with guitar tones fit for a late-night drink on the beach, or lazy afternoons in the sun to come this summer.

JWestern - aka John Gooding - has created an atmosphere to get lost in, the song juxtaposing its upbeat and relaxed sound with its complex, anxious and down-and-out words. Forming a perfect contrast, “Aspirin” hooks listeners in with its welcoming beat but throws back to your anxious moments as you listen.

“With 'Aspirin', I found myself writing something quite cathartic,” Gooding explains. “Musically, I wanted something that would make me get up and nod my head, but lyrically, it was all about pulling myself out of a rough headspace. I imagined myself in a club full of people, head down, shuffling mindlessly to the music, just consumed by thoughts”.

"Aspirin" is available now via Heist or Hit. Follow JWestern on Instagram.