Track of the Day: 'Night Air'

By Brendan Hasenstab

Past TracksAs autumn gives way to winter, darkness eats up more and more of our days. And for London's Jamie Woon, that is not a bad thing at all. He's written one of the very best odes to nighttime that I can think of. Furthermore, he likes the dark not because it's party time, but because he can be alone with his thoughts; he can concentrate.

If this is the first time you've heard Woon's name, let me say he's got the type of pipes that could bang out R&B with ease. OK, perhaps not at Stevie Wonder's or even R. Kelly's levels, but still quite good. But the way he approaches music is anything but standard. Woon's favorite instruments are an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal, which he uses to layer his voice and build rhythms.

Now, I can't go any further without noting the co-conspirator behind the musical curtain here: Burial, one of the leading lights in the world of dubstep--the edgy, nocturnal style of electronic funk that has poured out of London over the past couple of years. Woon's music occasionally approaches the ghostly echoes and click-track grooves of this genre.

Through the magic of the music business, Burial remixed a track Woon put out in 2007. But that was just a prototype for this, their first true collaboration, and when you take the soulful vocals Woon lays down and add Burial's distinctive production chops, you get something that just clicks. One plus one truly can equal three. "Night Air" is the proof.

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On iTunes: Jamie Woon / "Night Air"

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