Boxed In – “Jist” (Stereogum Premiere)

Oli Bayston began his career in the short-lived Manchester rock band Keith. He followed the project’s split by writing and producing for several UK singers such as George Fitzgerald and Lianne La Havas, before subsequently beginning his own dance-pop project Boxed In. The London-based quartet released their eponymous debut early last year, and they’re now gearing up for their sophomore LP Melt. Lead single “Jist” is a punchy electronic track featuring looping vocals, a swelling undercurrent of rumbling synths, and a shiny keyboard melody. “Climbing to the top now, on a search for cleaner air,” Bayston proclaims, as the background suggests he’s preaching from the DJ booth of a Sierra Club after dark. Where some electronic tracks skitter, “Jist” smoothly saunters down a treadmill running at a casual post-workout half-speed cool down. Listen below.

Here’s the Melt album art:

Tracklist:
01 “Intro”
02 “Jist”
03 “Shadow Boxing”
04 “Melt”
05 “London Lights”
06 “Forget”
07 “Black Prism”
08 “Oxbow”
09 “Upto You”
10 “Underbelly”
11 “Open-Ended”

Melt is out on 9/23 via Nettwerk Records.

CREDIT: Daniel A. Harris
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