10 tracks: Jake Isaac

If you’re the kind of singer-songwriter who makes foot-stomping pop anthems, then it’s a handy co-sign when Elton John’s management decides they see something in you. Jake Isaac runs his boss close in the soulfulness department. But there’s something unique to his sound, an intimacy and honesty that means you’d never confuse him for a facsimile.

“I would describe my music as folk and soul or somewhere in between,” he says. “To be honest, I’ve kinda let go of trying to figure it out. Whatever happens I really just try and make music which moves me and then hope that it moves someone else when they listen to it.”

To mark the release of his debut album, Our Lives, we caught up with the South Londoner to find out the tracks he’s always got on repeat.

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes

“This song is literally the song which was around at my childhood and was one of the earliest songs I remember being able to memorise when I was a child. It was almost like the soundtrack to my early childhood.”

Michael Jackson – Thriller

“Thriller was the first song that I ever heard and watched the video, which made me realise that music actually has the ability to completely change the mood and emotion of a person.”

Imagine Dragons – Believer

“The first time I heard this song, I honestly thought that this band has created a record that is so weighty and aggressive, but in an amazing pop language. It was inspirational and mind blowing.”

Sting – Englishman in New York

“It makes you feel like an Englishman in the urban streets of Manhattan, no matter where you are in the world.”

Emeli Sande – Hurts

“This song was Emeli Sande’s main return single after taking time out to do life. The songs are all heartfelt and really strong sonically.”

Shakka – Sooner or Later

“You immediately feel like you’re a part of the journey that the artist is on. It feels like a vibrant bowl of fruit juice, with a massive island twist in the middle of it. But it’s totally sincere.”

Kwabs – Perfect Ruin

“It completely stops time. Even if you’re not into this genre of music, Kwabs vocal and the pianos in this song are so sincere and hold so much emotion that you just can’t get away from the soul.”

Royal Blood – 10 Tonne Skeleton

“It makes me feel like I’m Rocky about to fight Mr T. Although I’m not sure if that’s what the Royal Blood lads set out to achieve.”

Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man

“It displays soul, but in an upbeat way.”

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