Jim Caesar has a lot of people very excited. Zane Lowe’s a big fan, as are Noisey, Fader and the The 405. Such excitement doesn’t look like subsiding at any point soon, and the Chesham-born singer-songwriter’s back with a new single, 1205. He’s never sounded better.
1205 is a sultry, introspective record that revels as a sweeping exercise in post-Ocean R&B. It manages to come off as grand and understated simultaneously, fluctuating between sexy, serious and both of them combined with soulful nonchalance.
It’s a gorgeous, delicate track that Caesar keeps hidden behind a thin, sonic veil, with Richard Melkonian’s string arrangement only heightening the sense of enigma that comes with Caesar’s songwriting.
The track is a shining example of what Caesar is capable of, and just how far he’s able to go. Make no mistake: this is the heir to British R&B. Long may he reign.
Words by Niall Flynn