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Download / stream what could be Jai Paul's debut album

14 April 2013, 10:37 | Written by Paul Bridgewater

Jai Paul just released his self-titled debut record over on his Bandcamp page.

Or so we’re led to believe. The collection of songs – all untitled – has yet to be acknowledged by Paul’s label XL.

The 16 track album includes a re-recorded version of the 2012 XL single ‘Jasmine’ as well as Paul’s ‘BTSU’, the song that got us all excited about him in the first place. Over on Crack in the Road – who broke the story – editor Josh Dalton describes how he ‘discovered’ the record in the first place via “a daily bandcamp trawl”. Dalton notes that:

With an erratic history of releasing music, making his debut album available during a Daft Punk show at Coachella, on a Sunday morning, would seem like a very ‘Jai Paul thing to do’. Uploading it to an unassuming Bandcamp would also fit his previous release history, in terms of uploading tracks to Soundcloud for a matter of minutes, before removing them. Is it another Death Grips scenario, with Paul uploading music without the labels permission, or has he had (demo) tracks uploaded by a third party? If it’s the latter, then you would imagine XL would be onto them straight away.

To me, it sounds like a collection of demos, the majority unreleased. The record was rumoured to be called Rayners Lane, which wouldn’t fit in with the self-titling of this album. It doesn’t sound like a huge budget XL album release, and would appear to be a mixtape, rather than a fully formed album. Despite Paul’s unusual way of approaching promotion, it would be very unlike XL to allow any artist to put out a record in such a colossally understated manner.

Listen to the full album below or head over to Paul’s Bandcamp page to download:

[via Crack in the Road]

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