New Jersey duo the Jack Moves emerged in 2010 playing a hip brand of throwback R&B that combined their shared of love of classic soul, hip-hop, and funk. Following several buzzed-about singles, they issued their debut album, 2015's The Jack Moves, on Wax Poetics.
Consisting of falsetto-equipped Zee Desmondes (vocalist, guitarist) and Teddy Powell (vocalist, instrumentalist, producer), the Jack Moves initially crossed paths skateboarding in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Bonding over a mutual affinity for '70s R&B artists like Bobby Caldwell, Curtis Mayfield, and the Delfonics, as well as hip-hop outfits like Wu-Tang Clan, and Snoop Dogg, they joined musical forces and eventually based themselves out of Newark, New Jersey. In 2010, Desmondes and Powell released a dusty ballad titled "Fool for You" on Full Time -- the name of their label, like their name, presumably a reference to a line from Ice Cube's "Jackin' for Beats." A few years later, the musicians connected with the record label extension of Wax Poetics magazine and released another 7" single, the elegantly finessed and aching "Doublin' Down." In October 2015, following the release of their third and fourth distinctive singles, the duo issued their debut album, the eponymous The Jack Moves. Over the next few years, they stayed busy touring and prepping more material. In 2018, they issued their sophomore full-length album, Free Money, which included the single "Money Clouds." ~ Andy Kellman