JAVEON – Intoxicated




Who…  Soul and electronica for the club and the bedroom Sounds like…  Slow jam vocals meet sunny house tempos

Javeon McCarthy was never really cut out to make it big in the retail world. “I wasn’t the best employee,” admits the 26-year-old singer and producer.

“When I was working at Levi’s I’d go off the shop floor and make calls lining up studio time or go and hide in the stockroom and write lyrics.”

Fast forward to the present and Javeon’s days crouching in stock rooms are behind him.

Starting his career in grime crew Kold Hearted Krew (KHK), he performed live PAs in clubs around Bristol before discovering his love of local icons Roni Size and Massive Attack.

“I guess spending so much time around Bristol’s club culture meant that I was always going to make music,” he says.

His major breakthrough was in 2011 when he signed to label of the moment, PMR.

Two years on and Javeon has collaborated with super-producer MNEK, label-mate Julio Bashmore and played in clubs across the country – and all before he’s even released an EP.

It might be thanks to the house-pop piano lines of ‘Lovesong’ or the smooth swells of two-step garage and echoing female hums on recent single ‘Give Up’.

So from sultry, smooch-ready vocals to bubbling synths, is this music for the club or the bedroom?

“It’s important for me to have up–tempo, high energy tracks that start a night… but let’s just say that they work after the lights have gone down, too.”

Looks like Javeon’s your man for all occasions.

Kieran Yates, 
MixMag


This song is coming out on PMR, the trendy record label responsible for Jessie Ware and Disclosure. Naturally, I felt I had to knock it.

Because if there’s one thing cooler than a trendy record label it’s a bitter no-mark sneering down his nose at it.

The first minute was grist to my mill, a bland intro like something Lamar would give away as a free download at Valentine’s.

And then this little two-step rhythm cut in, Javeon‘s vocals acquired a gospel quality and Intoxicated became a seductive, stirring little anthem.

Sure enough, I was forced to go and hate on something else – the Russians.

Paul MacInnes, 
The Guardian

Javeon – Intoxicated (lyrics)

You’re in my head,
Tell me, it is more than just a whisper
Those words you said touched me
And it starts to paint the picture

When you are on your own
Do you get curious too baby?
‘Cause when I’m all alone,
I’m only thinking of YOU lately
Leave me drunk in a way that is hard to explain
I’m intoxicated
I am dragged in a wave as you rush through my veins
I’m intoxicated
I can’t get you out of my system
You’re into deep now
Tried my best, I still can’t get you out!!
I can’t get you out of my system
You’re into deep now
Tried my best, I still can’t get you out!!

You’re like a drug, got me
Losing my composure,
Can’t get enough lost in the lines
I’m going over
When you are on your own
Do you get curious too baby?
‘Cause when I’m all alone,
I’m only thinking of YOU lately
Leave me drunk in a way that is hard to explain
I’m intoxicated
I am dragged in a wave as you rush through my veins
I’m intoxicated
I can’t get you out of my system
You’re into deep now
Tried my best, I still can’t get you out!!
I can’t get you out of my system
You’re into deep now
Tried my best, I still can’t get you out!!

Ye yee aah ye yee aah
Ye yee aah ye yee aah




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