While taking over the world with his forward blend of electro-edged hip pop, rapper Tinie Tempah has a bunch of other projects cooking as well. A few of Tempah's side activities include his own clothing label and an artist management/label effort that are grouped under his burgeoning Disturbing London brand. One of the artists Tempah has taken under his wings is pop singer Dot JR who has been stirring up some attention in the London pop scene since the release of his one-off tune, "Moonlight."
Stornaway's Dot JR (aka James Reeves) initially started his career as an acoustic folk pop singer but after some back and forth with his management and signing a development deal with Polydor Records, Dot tested the waters with the much poppier "Moonlight" that first surfaced in the summer of last year. "Moonlight" is a potent (and promising) slice of pop with some subtle reggae grooves, filtered synths and peppy drum 'n bass undertones that make Dot clearly stand out from the pack of newcomers.
In an interview with Pop Cop, Dot talks more about his change of musical style, "Most of the people who knew me (. . .) thought it made sense because I had been DJing for five years and all the music I was into was nothing like how I played," the young singer explains, "Apart from Johnny Cash and Bright Eyes, it was all club music and I was listening to a lot of drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, rap and grime. I used to play in rock bands and I really missed the energetic live performances and being able to be a bit crazy.
He adds, "A lot of people miss the folk stuff but when I hit 30 I can go back to it. I'll have used all my energy up. I’m not going to forget how to write folk music, though – it’s still how I write the new material."
Dot JR is currently recording his full-length debut album for Polydor that will hopefully bring more of the fresh pop textures that "Moonlight" first introduced us to while also maintaining his poignant singer/songwriter sensibilities that make his sound so distinctly his. Listen to the single edit of "Moonlight" below and grab a totally guilt-free MP3 of an acoustic version right here.