When Puma Blue – otherwise known as Jacob Allen – first made himself known with 2017’s Swum Baby EP, the temptation was to group him alongside other South London denizens like King Krule, or else elements of the burgeoning SE jazz scene.
But ahead of new EP Blood Loss, new track ‘Lust’ sees Allen taking bolder strides in his own direction.
Lackadaisical vocals sliding over sparse instrumentation to leave you with something silky and slinky. But the warmth of the saxophone solo and the intimacy of the vocal delivery make the laid-back composition fundamentally comforting.
Where preceding track ‘Midnight Blue’ seemed forlorn and shady, ‘Lust’ taps into a more vibrant region of Allen’s creative inclinations. And while the dusky vibe for which he’s become known remains ever-present, in ‘Lust’ it rises into something a little more enticingly cinematic.