Laura White is a name you might want to remember…
Imagine the scene, your at a Northern Soul night, the dance floor is dark and hazy, and suddenly a thumping beat kicks in, you go through your memory banks and can’t place it, but you dance on. In fact you dance as if your life depended on it. At the end of the song you traverse your way through the dancefloor to the DJ booth and ask “Mate, what was the last record?” the DJ gives you a sly smile and says “Laura White-That Girl”. You blink and look bemused. “Who?” you ask “You’ll know her soon enough” he replies before playing another banger and you are drawn to the dancefloor. When you wake up the next day you remember Laura White and play this as loud as you can take, and it all comes back.
That Girl is one of the best Northern Soul tracks to come out in recent years. The opening salvo break beats could have been recorded in any of the major production powerhouses over the past 50 years. White’s vocals have a classic vibe, but are grounded in 2017. And the backing track is to be embraced and adored. There are hints of Winehouse, but doesn’t do either artist any justice. White has her own thing going on, but there is that Winehouse ‘classic’ vibe to it. Basically White is that girl!
The Painted Door will be released 10th February through iluvlive Records
This is an album for all lovers out there
There is a day approaching that fills some with pleasure and others with dread. I don’t mean Eurovision, I’m talking about St. Valentine’s Day. For some it’s a day of candle lit dinners and picnics in the park and for others it’s about blotting the whole thing out with booze. American Hip-Hop producer Ollie has come up with a selection of songs that sum up the good and bad parts of a relationship.
“It’s what I like to call a “conceptual beat tape” meaning the even tho no one is rapping or singing the beats and the samples i found to create these batch of beats tell a story about a man who has been looking for love in the wrong places. This man finally meets a women who he falls head over heels for and they end up dating. And everything is going good in life because he believes he’s met the love of his life.” But it’s not all love and roses as Ollie continues. “As time goes on, this woman starts to change. The relationship doesn’t feel the same. The man doesn’t feel the same. Eventually he finds out she has cheated on him for some time and he doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t know how to feel. If he should forgive her, or break up with her. He even contemplates suicide. Over time tho, he eventually grows as a human being after the experience he has with this women and decides it’s best for him to just end things. Even tho his heart is broken, it’s not dead.”
Lead single You Come Into My Heart is four and a half minutes of joyous instrumental Hip-Hop. A simple vocal sample is underpinned by a laid back Boom-Bap beat. The sample comes from a the 1956 classic by the Platters with the lines “When the twilight is gone, and no songbirds are singing, When the twilight is gone you come into my heart” being repeated, chopped up and generally sonically abused, but in a weird way they are also being treated with care. Ollie has made a track that is full of emotional content, but not schmaltzy. If you are unsure what to give someone this Valentine’s, don’t waste your money on chocolates and flowers, give them the Love EP instead.
The Love EP is released February 14th