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Ones to Watch in 2011: Liam Bailey

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ones to Watch in 2011: Liam Bailey

Prior to his collaboration with UK electro duo, Chase & Status, I had not heard of UK soul/R&B singer Liam Bailey and now I hear that he's putting out a solo album? Amazing! Bailey features on the Chase & Status single "Blind Faith," off their sophomore album No More Idols. The single was a Top 5 hit for Chase & Status and propelled Bailey into his own, much deserved spotlight. I love it when a popular electronic acts picks a talented artist to feature in a song, rather than going off of celebrity. I feel like a lot of acts (i.e. David Guetta) choose their featured vocalists based on chartability alone, rather than basing choices of talent. While Liam Bailey's soulful, smooth-as-silk vocals fit the Chase & Status track like a glove, it's nice to hear him on his own, doing his own thing.

Liam Bailey will release an EP, It's Not The Same, on July 3rd through Polydor Records. The EP's lead track has the feel of a soul classic "given a contemporary twist by Salaam Remi's production." WHAT? Hold the phone. Salaam Remi produced the track? SOLD! It's no surprise to me that Salaam Remi put his vacation plans on hold once he heard Bailey's smooth R&B vocals. Growing up outside of Nottingham, Bailey was inspired by a diverse array of artists and genres including Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and Oasis, to name a few. Earning comparisons to legends like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Bob Marley, It's Not The Same sounds like a MUST have to me! In addition to the EP's title track, get excited for an acoustic cover of "Blind Faith," the Chase & Status hit single that introduced the UK to Bailey in the first place as well as a Salaam Remi remix of the title track. Check out the tracklisting below:

EP track listing:

1. It’s Not The Same
2. Blind Faith (acoustic)
3. Older than the Sun
4. It’s Not The Same (Salaam Remi mix)

The EP serves as a tantalizing teaser before Bailey releases his debut album, Out Of The Shadows this September on his label, Polydor Records. Following support tours with Plan B and Jessie J, as well as a guest appearance on the Chase & Status tour, Bailey will be stepping out on stage by himself, playing his own headlining gig at Water Rats Theatre on June 16th. Get excited for Liam Bailey - one of my 'One's To Watch in 2011'!! Watch the below video for Bailey's first single, "You Better Leave Me" and get an idea of just how talented this guy really is.  I've also included the just released video for the EP's title track, "It's Not The Same." Unfortunately, it's only available for U.K. readers at the moment but as soon as that changes I'll update the post.
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