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Diggs Duke

Currently residing in Washington DC, but with roots in Gary, Indiana (home to the Jackson family), Jonathan Meacham aka Diggs Duke is an insanely talented singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, newly signed to Brownswood Recordings.

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Currently residing in Washington DC, but with roots in Gary, Indiana (home to the Jackson family), Jonathan Meacham aka Diggs Duke is an insanely talented singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, newly signed to Brownswood Recordings.

The 28 year-old self-released a string of EPs throughout 2012 via his Bandcamp – a stream of vivid sketches showcasing supreme musicianship and craft. Rooted in jazz, Meacham’s arrangements are remarkably refreshing, eschewing traditional song structure for a looser groove-based aesthetic, punctuated with short bursts of his effortless Dwele-esque vocals.

“I like to keep things concise as far as lyrics are concerned. So people can take it in… there’s no filler, so you get the point as soon as you hear it y’know?”

Offering For Anxious serves as an introduction to the genius of Diggs Duke – a taste of what is to come from the prodigious talent. At just 25 minutes long, the record is over in the blink of an eye. Like a brief but captivating firework display, the ten tracks map out the highlights of those self-released EPs (Gravity, Black Gold, Mass Exodus Vol. 1 + 2) and tease ahead to the enormous potential within these sketches.

Drawing on influences from the past as much as the present, Diggs Duke name checks the likes of Herbie Hancock, Nick Drake (“It’s like melancholy and joyful at the same time.”), John Coltrane, Thundercat (his cover version of Is It Love? is included here), Flying Lotus and Emily King.

From the glorious percussive shakedown of Lion’s Feast; to the dusty bruk bounce of Something In My Soul (reminiscent of Madlib’s excursions as DJ Rels); and the richly textured sax/vocal duet Born From You… this is a powerful and convincing debut from a young man with a bright future. Stand back.

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  • ALBUMS

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  • Offering For Anxious Vinyl / Digital 1st December 2013
  • The Upper Hand And Other Grand Illusions CD / Digital 01/09/2014
  • SINGLES

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  • Something In My Soul (Alex Patchwork Remix) Digital 03/03/2014
  • LATEST NEWS

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  • Gilles Peterson // Diggs Duke // Soundcrash 13 / 11 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // Huck Magazine Mix 04 / 09 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // The Upper Hand And Other Grand Illusions // Out Now! 01 / 09 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // Jazz Re:freshed // 28th August 27 / 08 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // Forever Love Is Tainted 26 / 08 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // The Pinnacle // Okay Player Premiere 18 / 08 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // New EP // London Live Shows 07 / 08 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // New EP // The Upper Hand And Other Grand Illusions 10 / 06 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // Ghostpoet // Beatdelete 13 / 05 / 14 view article »
  • Brownswood Basement Session // Diggs Duke 19 / 02 / 14 view article »
  • Diggs Duke // Something In My Soul Video // Miami Film Festival Nominee 18 / 02 / 13 view article »