Monday, 31 January 2011

Listen Up! No. 92: Liam Bailey - You Better Leave Me

Having got rather excited about this Nottingham newcomer's star turn amidst the hedonistic drum'n'pop of Chase and Status' 'Blind Faith', not to mention last year's sublime lo-fi EP 2AM Rough Tracks, it's both a joy and a relief to find that Liam Bailey's forthcoming debut solo single - due to be released on March 13 - is a winner. On 'You Better Leave Me' he slides seemlessly into neo-soul mode, and while edges have been softened by the hit-factory production (courtesy of Amy Winehouse co-conspirator Salaam Remi), nothing can neuter the indomitable dub-soul gusto of his remarkable croon. This will soar in the kind of pokey venues which Bailey is still commited to play. Catch him there while you still can. 

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