Poisonous Relationship is an exciting music project by Sheffield based artist, writer and musician Jamie Crewe, who after six shorter records/EPs, his longplay debut ”Our Sex Life Is Brutal” and several remixes of artists such as SSION and Beyoncé has just recently released his new album “Garden of Problems” on Ecstasy (the wonderful label run by The Miracles Club). The album is a real revelation, a very personal and melancholic take on house, combining a smart, percussion-driven songwriting with smooth sounds and Jamie’s androgynous voice. You can purchase the record on the P.R. website, where you also find the whole back catalogue of the project as a free download (!).
I’ve already posted the beautiful video to the first Poisonous Relationship single (and album opener) “Men’s Feelings” (free download here, remix EP out on June 18) in our latest music ticker, and it amazed me so much that I asked Jamie if he’d be up for taking part in our PICK 5 series. He kindly agreed and send us this thoughtful and well-written commented list of his favorite web videos – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
1. Mica Paris – Contribution
“This is the music video for Mica Paris’ 1990 single ‘Contribution’, off her album of the same name. Mica is really underrated – she started off as a kind of missing British link between Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige, but by this, her second album, she had this vibe that was all her own – very London, very fresh, very vocal. On Contribution she’s like the excitement of the early 90s dance music underground condensed into a pop star. My friend Charlotte said the album sounds like songs you should already know, and she’s right. This video is directed by Patricia Murphy in gorgeous high contrast monochrome. It manages to be stark and stylised yet still have a deadpan kind of visual humour (the bouncing dogs, the frog), and give this glamour that’s classy and clean but still young and fun. When I first saw this video, the aesthetic just slayed me, and it’s informed a lot of the looks I go for and the visuals I create.”