more from
We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.


by Emma-Jean Thackray

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album


    Includes unlimited streaming of LEY LINES via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £15 GBP or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £7 GBP  or more


Make Do 04:19
Howley 01:58
Red Bush 04:12
Ley Lines 04:44
Rain Dance 00:41
The End 02:12
Outro 01:18


The rising mega talent, multi-instrumentalist, striking bandleader and *actually* ambidextrous musician and producer returns to deliver Ley Lines - a true showcase of her talents. From the horns, to the choir, to the drums, to the rest, everything was written, produced, laid down and mixed by Emma-Jean.

“I wanted to step away from my work as a band leader and do something self-contained. I love improvising in the moment with a band, but wanted to take the chance to create at my own pace and be true to my own vision,” she says.

As a producer and musician, Emma-Jean’s work defies genre boundaries yet still holds deep roots in jazz. As well as being tipped “one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists” by Red Bull Music Academy, the one-woman-band production style of Ley Lines has been compared to Stones-Throw heavyweight Madlib.

“When making this record I tried to think about the Yesterdays New Quintet stuff because I love the characters Madlib created. So when I sat down to play each instrument, I tried to be a different person, or at least different part of myself. I would change outfits or try to think in a different way in order to express different characters across the “band”. I just wish I’d written down the names I made up.”

The whole record shows the diversity of Emma-Jean’s influences, from the avant-garde performances of Art Ensemble of Chicago, to the driving, trance-like grooves of Fela Kuti, all the way through to modern jazz and more left-field hip-hop and house.

Just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is tearing it down at Total Refreshment Centre, Ley Lines follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

Composed, performed, recorded, produced & mixed by Emma-Jean Thackray
Mastered by Greg Moore at Finyl Tweek
Cover art by Jack Greeley-Ward
Design by Emma Jean Thackray

First 20 physical sleeves hand-drawn by Jack.
Pressed on 180g vinyl using VF’s pressing plant in Hayes.

Physical edition is limited to 500 copies.


released May 11, 2018


all rights reserved



Emma-Jean Thackray London, UK

Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Emma-Jean Thackray was born and raised in Yorkshire but is today a resident of Catford, south-east London. Her 2020 EPs Um Yang 음 양 and Rain Dance marked Thackray out as standard-bearer of a spiritually-minded, dancefloor-angled take on jazz that stood at a slight remove from the broader UK scene.
Yellow, the debut album is out now.
... more


contact / help

Contact Emma-Jean Thackray

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Emma-Jean Thackray, you may also like: