‘Down South’ featuring Motheo Moleko burnt up airwaves across the country and hit the no.1 spot on 5FM, Highveld, KFM, Good Hope FM, MFM, and PUK FM. The latest single ‘Skinny Blues’ has had a recording breaking 50 000 hits on Soundcloud in under 2 weeks.
The album, titled Trading Change, shot straight to number 1 on the SA iTunes chart the first day of release and held down the number 1 position for an entire week. The album was also the most streamed album on Deezer SA and Simfy Africa. Jeremy Loops, winner of the MK Awards’ Best Live Act 2014 and Best Male Act 2013 recorded Trading Change at Rooftop Studios in Cape Town and Miloco Studios’ The Bridge in London, a production space bands like The National, Coldplay, and The Temper Trap have called home. Jeremy says ‘it was quite something finding ourselves recording the album right next to The Kooks. A glass pane separated our recording space from theirs. If nothing, it reminded me of how surreal the last year has been, as well as how high the stakes are now.’
In development since the end of 2012, Trading Change has a dual meaning that references the rapid changes in Jeremy’s life since his career in music began as well as the act of trading one life for another. Jeremy studied finance and property development at UCT, before travelling around the world working on a yacht, which itself preceded performing at this scale. These themes and how it affects one’s personal relationships form the foundation of the album. Sonically, the album is a big expansion on the modern folk sound Jeremy is known for, introducing new layers, arrangements and instrumentation to his music. Bryan Wilson, a long-time assistant to Adele producer Paul Epsworth, oversaw the album’s production and mixing.
Starting his career in 2010, Jeremy’s rapid ascend saw him become a mainstay in South Africa’s festival circuit, playing at Oppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies, Splashy Fen, Bushfire and headlining his first Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert alongside long time collaborators Motheo Moleko and Jamie Faull.
In 2013 he began exporting his music to the rest of the world, with invitations to several prestigious international music industry showcase events, including Musexpo, The Great Escape and Mama Event in Paris. Los Angeles, New York, Delhi, Mumbai, Paris, and Prague are just some of the cities Loops played in 2013, which followed a major two-month North American tour in May this year and a European tour to follow thereafter. As testament to his global potential, Jeremy played more shows in London (7) last year than he did his home town of Cape Town. These included sets at The Secret Garden Party Festival, The Great Escape Festival, and the iconic Jazz Cafe in Camden, London.
‘The traveling is all good and well and it’s incredible that people have noticed us abroad,’ says Jeremy, ‘I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created and the response has been unbelievable.’
The record is being distributed by Sheer Sound in South Africa, Yebo Music in North America.
03. Down South ft Motheo Moleko
04. Trip Fox
05. Mission ft Jamie Faull
06. Lonesome and Blue ft Adelle Nqeto
07. Skinny Blues
08. Higher Stakes
09. Running Away ft Motheo Moleko
10. Killer Killer
11. My Shoes ft Motheo Moleko