The collection of Jai Paul recordings posted online earlier this week is not his debut album, XL have confirmed.
It's been a confusing week for fans of Jai Paul. The much heralded London artist has yet to deliver his debut album, yet speculation held that the LP could see the light of day in April.
So when a BandCamp profile appeared on Sunday purporting to be the much delayed full length, fans leaped to the obvious conclusion. Downloading began, listening commenced and reviews were posted...
Yet all was not as it seemed. Jai Paul opened a Twitter account, using it to tell fans that the recordings had been taken from a stolen laptop and were not, in fact, the basis for his debut album.
XL stepped in to release an official statement last night, which reads:
As widely reported, on Sunday 14th April, music by XL Recordings artist Jai Paul was illegally made available via a fake Bandcamp account. This music was not uploaded by Jai and it's not his debut album - it is a collection of various unfinished recordings from Jai's past.
Neither XL or Jai will take any money from the sale of this music. We have been working with Bandcamp and PayPal to resolve this situation and they have told us all purchases will be refunded within the next 7 days.