Hailing from Bristol UK and named after an outright lie spread by his girlfriend (that his middle names were Jeremiah Esau), Sam Wisternoff aka SJ Esau was the first proper UK signing to the seminal US leftfield-rap label Anticon.
His style is a patchwork of mashed-genres from hip-hop to folk, all fused together through multi-layered instruments and his distinctive vocal delivery. SJ Esau is one of those rare artists that you could call an 'innovator', the diversity and development in his music is astonishing. He manages to pack in a whole host of different ideas without ever drawing you away from his essentially quaint recordings.
OIB Split Volume 2 feat -
SJ Esau | Half-handed Cloud | Kopek | Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
OIB007 | 4 Tracks
Half-handed Cloud – When Overwhelmed With Dread / SJ Esau – Part of a Diagram / Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – God Save Roger Nichols / Kopek – The Way You Are
7" | Limited to 450 copies
Hot off the heels of his second album proper for Anticon comes the new SJ Esau recording 'Part of a Diagram'. Now we've been fans of SJ Esau's musical patchwork style for years, his ability to blend multiple genres as diverse as hip-hop and folk together with such astonishing dexterity is incredible, but when Sam Wisternoff aka SJ Esau told us "it's more rock than my usual stuff" we certainly weren't prepared for this! In just three and a half minutes SJ Esau delivers driving guitar riffs, hypnotic drum rhythms, multi-layered off-kilter chanting, and delicate piano, all wrapped around his distinctive yet humble vocal delivery.
The second volume in our limited split 7" series. A limited edition 7” bringing together four of the most exciting and experimental folktronica bands of the moment. Limited to just 450 copies worldwide with reversible gatefold sleeves, inserts, and one-inch badges designed by the bands involved.
**OIB Records webstore exclusive: The first 50 copies come with an exclusive set of all four one-inch badge designs as opposed to the single one with the retail copies.
"Delicate vocals and infectious melodies, this may be the perfect four-track EP for those with a sweet tooth. The excellently mixed track listing means that the twee balance is just right, a necessity as we all know what happens when you intake too much sugar. You get the jitters." – The Line of Best Fit