Acclaimed, street-level, Wimbledon-born singer-songwriter Jamie T’s first two albums, Panic Prevention and Kings & Queens, have just been reissued on vinyl through USM/Virgin.
Born Jamie Alexander Treays, but usually known by his stage name, Jamie T, the talented young singer-songwriter’s debut album, Panic Prevention, was initially released on 29 January 2007, with the album’s title referencing the panic attacks Jamie suffered as an adolescent. Most of the tracks deal with modern-day youth culture, and the album – which was later nominated for the Mercury Music Prize – drew favourable comparisons with influential artists such as The Streets, Lily Allen and The Libertines.
Panic Prevention features three of Jamie T’s best-known singles, ‘Sheila’, ‘If You Got The Money’ and ‘Calm Down Dearest’, and it went gold in the UK, with sales of 160,000. The record also attracted reams of positive press, with The Observer declaring the album to be “one of the great all-time British solo debuts” and the NME saying, “Jamie T is a genuine voice, the sort of untrained, maverick personality that doesn’t come along too often.”
Released in September 2009, second album, Kings & Queens, peaked at No.2 in the UK album charts and was again certified Gold. Presaged by two Top 30 UK singles, ‘Sticks’n’Stones’ and ‘Chaka Demus’, the album was again a resounding critical success, with The Guardian dubbing Jamie “an urban poet to rival Mike Skinner” and the NME suggesting he is “a man aiming for bigger and better things and becoming a national institution in the process”.
Jamie T has since released two more critically acclaimed albums, Carry On The Grudge and 2016’s Trick. He has also been the recipient of the Best Solo Award at the NME Awards in both 2007 – when he beat off challenges from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke – and again in 2010.
Buy the new vinyl editions of Panic Prevention and Kings And Queens here.