Jeangu Macrooy

High On You

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Jeangu Macrooy (pronounced as zjangú makrooi) was born and raised in the tropical warmth of Paramaribo. At the age of thirteen his parents bought him his first guitar and two years later Jeangu and his twin brother Xillan started writing their own music. Over the years their duo garnered considerable success in Suriname. In 2014 Jeangu decided to continue his musical career at the other side of the ocean, in The Netherlands. He met producer Perquisite and was signed to his label Unexpected Records.

In April 2016 Jeangu’s debut EP ‘Brave Enough’ was released. The day of the release Jeangu was named ‘Serious Talent’ by 3FM radio, and the week after he played his first single ‘Gold’ at Dutch national talk show ‘De Wereld Draait Door’, where he has become a frequent guest ever since. ‘Gold’ was later also used in a commercial for television network HBO. During the summer of 2016 Jeangu and his band played a multitude of summer festivals, after which he toured the Netherlands with Popronde in autumn. He also provided the support for Blaudzun, Remy van Kesteren, Bernhoft and Selah Sue, resulting in a total of 120 shows in just 12 months. In short, 2016 was a golden year for Jeangu, that concluded with a performance at Eurosonic/Noorderslag and a nomination for an Edison Award in the category ‘Best New Artist.’

Jeangu’s debut album ‘High On You’ - just like the EP produced by Perquisite - is more energetic and danceable than its predecessor. Melancholy still prevails in songs like ‘Circles’ and ‘Sleep You Off’, but generally the focus has been shifted to a rawer sound that oozes out of songs like ‘Crazy Kids’ - a duet with his twin brother Xillan - and ‘Head Over Heels’. Soul has also taken a more prominent place, which is underlined by the incorporation of brass arrangements and songs like ‘Antidote’ and title track ‘High On You’. The common thread throughout the record however, is still Jeangu’s unique vocal capacity, that hypnotizes in the low range and moves the listener in the high range.

‘High On You’ will be released on April 14th through Unexpected Records. The album will be accompanied by a club tour that takes place in April and May and followed up by a big range of festivals in the summer.

FULL CREDITS:

01. Aisa (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals and acoustic guitar by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Fender Rhodes and bass by Perquisite. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
02. Step Into The Water (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals and acoustic guitar by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Fender Rhodes and bass by Perquisite. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Harp by Remy van Kesteren. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
03. Crazy Kids feat. Xillan (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy & X. R. A. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy, X. R. A. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy and Xillan Macrooy. Acoustic guitar and claps by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Bass and claps by Perquisite. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Prophet by Jasper Slijderink. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
04. Antidote (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy & X. R. A. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy, X. R. A. Macrooy, P. L. Perquin, J. Slijderink & J. M. J. Huiberts). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums by Jelle Huiberts. Fender Rhodes, Prophet and synthbass by Jasper Slijderink. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan.
05. Fire Raging (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy & Y. D. Swart. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy, Y. D. Swart & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Background vocals and electric guitar by Yori Swart. Drums by Jelle Huiberts. Bass, claps and organ by Perquisite. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
06. High On You (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Bass by Perquisite. Pianet by Jasper Slijderink. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
07. Sleep You Off (Lyrics & music: J. A. U. Macrooy). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Piano by Jasper Slijderink.
08. Head Over Heels (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Bass, organ and samples by Perquisite. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan.
09. One Way Ticket (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals and acoustic guitar by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Bass, organ, Omnichord and samples by Perquisite. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan.
10. Tell Me Father (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy, P. L. Perquin, J. Slijderink & J. M. J. Huiberts). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Fender Rhodes and synthbass by Jasper Slijderink. Acoustic and electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Mellotron and samples by Perquisite. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
11. Ablaze (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Synthbass by Jasper Slijderink. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Pianet by Perquisite. Trumpet by Randell Heye. Saxophone by Floris van der Vlugt. Trombone by Efe Erdem.
12. Circles (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Fender Rhodes, Prophet and Omnichord by Jasper Slijderink. Acoustic, electric and slide guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Bass and cello by Perquisite. Violin and viola by Judith van der Klip.
13. In The Name Of (Lyrics: J. A. U. Macrooy. Music: J. A. U. Macrooy & P. L. Perquin). Vocals by Jeangu Macrooy. Drums and percussion by Jelle Huiberts. Prophet by Jasper Slijderink. Electric guitar by Gijs Batelaan. Bass and cello by Perquisite. Violin and viola by Tessel Hersbach.

All songs produced, mixed and arranged by Perquisite. All songs co-produced and arranged by Jeangu Macrooy. Tracks 4 & 10 co-arranged by Jasper Slijderink and Jelle Huiberts. Brass arrangements by Perquisite & Floris van der Vlugt. String arrangements by Perquisite. Electric guitar, syntbass, Fender Rhodes and piano of tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 & 11 and all drums recorded by Sam Jones at Studio Joneski. All other instruments recorded by Perquisite at Unexpected Studio. All songs mastered by Darius van Helfteren.

Executive producer: Perquisite for Unexpected Records.

Artwork design: From The Hill Cover drawing: Jeangu Macrooy Management: Unexpected Management (pieter@unexpected-management.com) Bookings: Agents After All (maarten@agentsafterall.nl) Publishing Jeangu Macrooy: The Missing Sync (aron@themissingsync.nl)

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