The duo J*Davey (Jack Davey & Brook D’Leau), which has been praised by ?Questlove as the “swift kick in the ass I’ve been praying for black music to produce,” partied and performed Tuesday night at their double EP release party for their latest effort, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost, at The Echo Park in L.A.
Their fusion of soul-based melodies, electro-funk and New Wave is beyond categorization of Neo-Soul or R&B—they’ve created their own trail mix of influences from Prince to Peter Gabriel. “We’re the black Eurythmics,” D’Leau said in 2006.
Although the twosome formed J*Davey in 1999, it was their single, “Mr. Mister,” featuring Jack Davey straddling a mannequin in black lingerie—that had the Internet buzzing.
We’re currently ga ga for their song, “Turn the Lights Out“, and for this YouTube clip of Jack Davey’s (real name: Briana Cartwright) former life as an Assistant Music Producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
PHOTO: Courtesy of J*Davey by Pablo Aguilar