Jhameel: “The Human Condition”

Jhameel’s biography states that he can speak four different languages. Funkiness was not listed among those four, but judging by many of the tracks on his sophomore LP The Human Condition, this kid is fluent. He concocts a really interesting mix of orchestral instruments, guitars, synthesizers and solid percussion. The vocals are earnest without being overwrought. Jhameel plays all the instruments present on The Human Condition, which is impressive as well.

The melodies on this album are undeniably catchy. The songs range from folkish ballads to funky romps like the title track that we give to you here. There are elements of all the bands that Jhameel lists as influences — Phoenix, MGMT, Jonsi and Sufjan Stevens — but melds them into a style that is distinctly his.

Check out “The Human Condition”, along with a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal”. And for an interesting look at how he plays all those instruments, check out a video of Jhameel covering The Knife’s “Heartbeat”. Also, try not to smile when listening to “How Many Lovers” as well.

You can download the whole gosh darn album at Jhameel’s website. Trust me, it’s worth it. Something from it will be stuck in your head today.

Jhameel – The Human Condition by The Wounded Jukebox

Jhameel – How Many Lovers by The Wounded Jukebox

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  1. #1 by Maria on February 22, 2011 - 2:08 PM

    The heartbeats song is sooo cute

    • #2 by The Wounded Jukebox on February 22, 2011 - 3:20 PM

      It’s a really solid cover, and the video is pretty cool too. Thanks for reading, Maria! 🙂

  2. #3 by Marissa on February 22, 2011 - 2:17 PM

    Jhameel is so talented! I love his music!!!!!

    • #4 by The Wounded Jukebox on February 22, 2011 - 3:20 PM

      We do too! Thanks for reading, Marissa 🙂

  3. #5 by Ryan on February 22, 2011 - 2:21 PM

    Doo doo do do DO! I’ve been waiting for a riff this funky for years!

    • #6 by The Wounded Jukebox on February 22, 2011 - 3:19 PM

      It’s something special, isn’t it?

  4. #7 by Bo on February 22, 2011 - 3:01 PM

    I had to come back and say you were right about getting one of the songs stuck in my head, I’ve had THC in my head all day. This is the first time in a while that a new musician has gotten stuck in my head
    I think now I’m going to follow the chorus of the song and enjoy the rest of my day.

    • #8 by The Wounded Jukebox on February 22, 2011 - 3:19 PM

      So glad you’ve found a new tune to hum here at TWJ! Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. #9 by Ahmed on February 22, 2011 - 4:45 PM

    I haven’t heard a song as catchy as The Human Condition since I saw MGMT and Passion Pit!

  6. #10 by Ismael on February 22, 2011 - 9:56 PM

    you are one talented guy jhameel. you will go far…kudos to you.

  7. #11 by El on February 23, 2011 - 8:52 AM

    my favourite Jhameel song is Soldier’s Daughter – who is the girl that sings with him in that song?! They sound so beautiful together

  8. #12 by Anonymous on July 27, 2011 - 4:57 PM

    I just discovered you today via Hypem.com & really love what you are doing. Thank you for blessing us with your lovely talent. Love, light & being from the ATX. ~Laura Kaululaau (make-up artist & culture junkie)

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