After several dazzling singles, Jacob Collier finally released Djesse Vol 2 last Friday.
The British prodigy packed a total of 16 tracks into this new album, which marks the halfway point of his mammoth Djesse undertaking. He previewed the record in the months prior with tracks like “It Don’t Matter” featuring JoJo, and a cover of “Here Comes the Sun” with dodie.
Particularly jaw-dropping, though, is Collier’s take on “Moon River,” which could be the most ambitious a cappella cover of all time. For his vocal-heavy version of the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer classic, Collier pulled together a 144-person choir featuring the likes of Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer, Ty Dolla $ign and Lianne La Havas, and played with an additional 5,000 self-recorded vocal takes.
Another Djesse Vol 2 standout is “Do You Feel Love,” which features Steve Vai. Collier revealed on YouTube that he wrote the song especially for the guitar virtuoso.
“I sent him a bunch of impossible midi-guitar, which, impossibly, effortlessly, he transcribed and played note-for-note,” Collier explained. “He then completely let loose over the end of ‘Outro’… it brings me goosebumps every time. It was the last song I wrote for the album—it was imagined and recorded in a total of three days.”
It took Collier eight months to follow Djesse Vol 1, leaving fans hopeful that they may hear the third installment by early 2020.
Listen to the second Djesse volume below: