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Jamie T

The ramshackle Wimbledon troubadour was drawn to music when he discovered that it calmed the panic attacks he suffered as a teenager. Making mix-tapes and DIY beats in his bedroom, he started writing songs on an acoustic bass, telling stories about the characters he found in the spit and sawdust South London pubs where he'd started to play. As early single Sheila sang of binge-drinking tragedies, his drawled mockney raps about the rough end of society brought comparisons with Mike Skinner, Ian Dury and Billy Bragg. Drawing on hip hop, ska and punk, debut album Panic Prevention (2007) shot to Number 4 in the UK charts, receiving great critical acclaim and gaining a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Second album Kings & Queens (2009) came swaggering back with more hooks and attitude, making it to Number 2 in the UK and spawning the alcho-pop swilling, chavvy joy of singles Sticks 'n' Stones and Chaka Demus.

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07-07-2011