The Bullitts

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The Bullitts
Birth name Jeymes Samuel
Born (1979-07-27) 27 July 1979 (age 35)
Paddington, London, England
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock, hip hop, pop, R&B, electronica
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, filmmaker
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2000–present
Labels Kilburn Lane Music (current)
Giant Step Records, Little League Productions (former)
Associated acts Jay Electronica, Mos Def
Website www.thebullitts.com

Jeymes Samuel (born July 27, 1979), also known by his stage name The Bullitts, is a British singer-songwriter, music producer and filmmaker from London. Samuel has a cinematic element to his music and has accompanied most of his releases with a short film. His second studio album, titled They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories..., was released in July 2013. The album was supported by the singles "Close Your Eyes" (featuring Lucy Liu and Jay Electronica), "Landspeeder", "Supercool" and "World Inside Your Rainbow".

Life and career[edit]

1979–2009: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Jeymes Samuel initially embarked on a career in film making, having shot his first reels at the age of eight. However he began making music at the age of 17, messing around with house music at the beginning. In the year 2000, Samuel released "When It Rains", his debut single in the form of a 12", under his real name on Giant Step Records. On January 1, 2002, Samuel's debut studio album The Prequel, was released by Little League Productions. Also in 2002, Samuel contributed background vocals on the song "The Proud", from American rapper Talib Kweli's debut album, Quality. In 2004, Samuel wrote "Serenade", for Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini's 2005 album Fisherman's Woman. Little League Productions would later debut Samuel's new moniker and release his single titled "The Bullitts Theme," in 2007.

In 2009, Samuel wrote three songs on fellow British singer Mr Hudson's album Straight No Chaser, namely "Straight No Chaser", "Everything Is Broken" (featuring Kid Cudi) and "Time". In March 2010, Samuel joined Gruff Rhys, Janet Ramus, John Gibbon, Ladonna Harley-Peters, Lucy Randell, Marion Powell, Sharlene Hector, Wayne Hernandez, Wendi Rose and Yvonne Stevens, to form a choir called The Purple, The People, The Plastic Eating People. The choir contributed background vocals on the songs "Some Kind of Nature" (featuring Lou Reed) and "Pirate Jet", from British virtual band Gorillaz's third album, Plastic Beach (2010).

2010–present: They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories...[edit]

In November 2010, named in honor of the Steve McQueen film Bullitt, under the pseudonym The Bullitts, Samuel began uploading "FlixTapes", to his official YouTube channel; a series of videos in which he added new vocals to his favorite movie and television themes. The first episode, titled "Tales of the Unexpected", was released on 14 November 2010.[1] Samuel's lead single from his second studio album, titled "Close Your Eyes", premiered in April 2011, by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, as "The Hottest Record in the World".[2] The single features narration by American actress Lucy Liu and a verse from American rapper Jay Electronica. It's music video is a re-imagining of the Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel film, Un Chien Andalou. In May 2011, the album's second single, titled "Landspeeder", was also aired by Zane Lowe on Radio 1, as "The Hottest Record in the World".[3][4] "Landspeeder", was later included on the original motion picture soundtrack to the British 2011 slasher film, Demons Never Die.[5]

Samuel released "Weirdo", in July 2011, a short piece starring actor Jesse Williams.[6] In it, two young lovers in paper bag masks spend a day on the streets of London before robbing a newsagents during a declaration of love. For the song "Run and Hide", by Jay Electronica, Samuel directed a tragic film noir in Paris, based around the actress Elisa Wald-Lasowski.[7] Samuel played at The Big Chill music festival on 6 August 2011, performing on the main stage, where he was joined onstage by Lucy Liu, Jay Electronica and actor Idris Elba.[8]

The album's third single, titled "Supercool", was premiered on Lowe's show on 4 October 2011.[9] It's accompanying music video featured Samuel dressed as a homeless individual being harassed by someone filming him against his will; during this he bumps into actress Rosario Dawson, and the pair end up having a dance off on the streets of Soho.[10] In 2011, Samuel co-wrote "Wonderful Life", alongside Arden Altino, Jerry Duplessis, James Poyser and Estelle Swaray, for Swaray's third album All of Me (2012). In late 2012, Samuel worked on the soundtrack to the film The Great Gatsby (2013), alongside Baz Luhrmann, Anton Monsted and Jay-Z.[11][12]

In early 2013, Samuel released a short film titled They Die By Dawn, with a star-filled cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Isaiah Washington, Jesse Williams and Rosario Dawson. The film, which is a gun-slinging, black cowboy western, was accompanied by the music from Samuel's second album.[13] Samuel's first album under the moniker The Bullitts, is titled They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories... and was released on 9 July 2013. The album, which is Samuel's second studio release overall, was produced entirely by himself and features guest appearances from Jay Electronica, Lucy Liu, Mos Def, Rosario Dawson, Doxi Jones and Tori Amos.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Samuel's older brother Henry Samuel, mononymously known as Seal, is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected information
Title Album details
The Prequel[A]
They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories...
  • Released: 9 July 2013[14]
  • Label: Kilburn Lane Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"When It Rains"[A][17] 2000 non-album single
"Who Write The Songs"[A][18]
(featuring Canibus)
2003 The Prequel
"Baby Don't Cry"[A][19]
(featuring Kool G Rap)
"The Myspace Song"[A][20] 2006 non-album singles
"The Bullitts Theme"[21] 2007
"Close Your Eyes"[22]
(featuring Lucy Lui and Jay Electronica)
2011 They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories...
"Landspeeder"[23]
"Supercool"[24] 2012
"World Inside Your Rainbow"[25]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"When It Rains (Restless Soul Mix)"[26][A] 2001 Sessions: Volume One Ron Trent, Felix Hopkins
"Who Write The Songs"[A] 2003 Late Night Tales: Sly & Robbie Sly & Robbie, Canibus
"Too Much Drama"[27][A] 2004 Undercover Cuts Brooklyn B.L.E.S.S.
"Democracy Leaders"[27][A] 2006 Fight the Power N/A
"Striptease"[28][A] Yam Who Revue Yam Who?
"Bullitts Theme"[29] 2007 Walk Tall, Kick Ass, Love Music N/A
"Bulletproof"[30] Help George Tabb! Vol. 1 N/A
"Fade Away"[31][A] 2009 Loss 4 Wordz Scratch
"Run and Hide"[32] 2015 Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) Jay Electronica

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k as Jeymes Samuel

Production discography[edit]

Various artists – Walk Tall, Kick Ass, Love Music (2007)[edit]

  • 08. "Bullitts Theme" (performed by The Bullitts)

Mr HudsonStraight No Chaser (2009)[edit]

  • 04. "Straight No Chaser"
  • 11. "Everything Is Broken" (featuring Kid Cudi)

The Feeling - Together We Were Made (2011)[edit]

  • 08. "Mr. Grin"

Jay Electronica – Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) (2015)[edit]

  • 06. "Dinner at Tiffanys (The Shiny Suit Theory)" (featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Jay Z)
  • 13. "Run and Hide" (featuring The Bullitts)

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 They Die by Dawn Lobo Short film
Writer, director, producer, actor
TBA The Notorious Nine

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDEgBAlNLc
  2. ^ Cochrane, Greg. "Introducing…The Bullitts". Introducing…The Bullitts. BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hottest Record – The Bullitts – Landspeeder" 3 May 2011, BBC web site
  4. ^ NME. "NME Bullitts article". The Bullitts to release debut single featuring Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu – video. NME. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/demons-never-die-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-mr0003686190
  6. ^ "The Bullitts – Weirdo" 8 July 2011, Youtube
  7. ^ "The Bullitts & Jay Electronica "Run & Hide"" 28 July 2011, Complex web site
  8. ^ "The Bullitts debut at The Big Chill 2011" 4 August 2011, Virtual Festivals web site
  9. ^ "Hottest Record – The Bullitts – Supercool" 4 October 2011, BBC web site
  10. ^ "The Bullitts – Supercool" 4 January 2012, Youtube
  11. ^ Ramirez, Erika (December 31, 2012). "Jay-Z, The Bullitts to Score 'The Great Gatsby'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Vena, Jocelyn; Horowitz, Josh (April 29, 2013). "Beyonce's 'Back To Black' Helps Make 'The Great Gatsby' A Bit 'Darker'". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-bullitts-merges-country-to-hip-hop-in-they-die-by-dawn-song-premiere-20130322
  14. ^ a b "They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories – Album by The Bullitts". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.spin.com/articles/jay-z-the-great-gatsby-score-soundtrack/
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-prequel-mw0001464464/releases
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jeymes-Samuel-When-It-Rains/master/227981
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jeymes-Samuel-Who-Write-The-Songs/release/336904
  19. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jeymes-Samuel-Baby-Dont-Cry-Winterfall/release/3647603
  20. ^ "The Myspace Song – Single by Jeymes Samuel". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Bullitts-The-Bullitts-Theme/release/4529814
  22. ^ "Close Your Eyes – EP by The Bullitts". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  23. ^ ""Landspeeder" – Single by The Bullitts". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Supercool – EP by The Bullitts". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  25. ^ ""World Inside Your Rainbow" – Single by The Bullitts". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  26. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/giant-step-records-sessions-vol-1-mw0000017008
  27. ^ a b http://www.discogs.com/Various-Fight-The-Power/release/1847808
  28. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/in/album/yam-who-revue/id202064294
  29. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/walk-tall-kick-ass-love-music-mw0001110510
  30. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Help-George-Tabb-Vol-1/release/4462634
  31. ^ "Loss 4 Wordz by Scratch". iTunes. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Kanye West, Jay-Z, Diddy to appear on Jay Electronica's long-awaited debut album". NME. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 

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