Puma Blue is the pseudonym of singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Allen. He produces his own music in his bedroom and has been praised for his voice, lo-fi sound, raw guitar playing and jazz and hip-hop influences. His debut EP Swum Baby was released in June 2017 and his first studio album In Praise Of Shadows was released in 2021, described by NME as "a brief moment of relief for those lost in the darkness". The album found his storytelling at its most honest and vulnerable to date whilst his production reached new heights, retaining its characteristic bedroom intimacy.
While the south-east Londoner cites D'Angelo, Radiohead and John Frusciante as key influences, his vocals, in their showcased casualness and introspection, are also in the tradition of a Chet Baker or bossa nova, which Puma Blue's songs also resemble harmonically.
Live, he performs with a four-piece band, mixing downtown jazz sax lines with J Dilla-influenced grooves and heartbreaking vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Billie Holliday. This mix is combined with a punk-inspired edge, ferocity and looseness.
Monday, September 18
Doors: 7 pm
Start: 8 pm