Sarah Williams White is the latest signing to South London label First Word Records. Hailing from the ‘Hilly Fields of Lewisham’ Sarah is part of a new wave of artists from her corner of London that includes Mo Kolours, Henry Wu as well as her brother Paul White.
A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Sarah cites influences including Jamie Lidell, Erykah Badu and PJ Harvey as well as more contemporary acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote and Thundercat. Her sound mixes soulful, intricate vocals with subtle beats and layered harmonies.
This approach is writ large across ‘Hum’, the first single taken from her debut mini-LP ‘Of The New World’ due out later this year. Over a skittering beat Sarah showcases both her deft songwriting and breathtaking vocal abilities. Her deceptively intricate production is pulled together with a catchy hook and backed with layers of handclaps, percussion and vocal melodies.
Also included in the single package are two remixes - first up, Sarah’s brother Paul (Golden Rules / One-Handed Music) creates a shimmering, eerie backdrop for Sarah’s vocals, adding darker textures to stunning effect. It confirms Paul’s status as one of the most interesting musical talents that the UK has produced over the last few years. First Word’s own Quiet Dawn has also contributed a mix, taking the track into a more sensual territory, with live bass and subtle guitar creating a neo-soul vibe reminiscent of Jill Scott.
Rainmaker is Sarah Williams White's debut album, Of The New World and is a delightful introduction to Sarah’s intricate sound. i-D are pleased to share the remix courtesy of FYI who up the tempo of the track into a steady percussive groover that is as much house tinged as it is underground disco. Due out tomorrow, press play on this i-D premiere.
A vocal melody that weaves in and out of a rollicking organic beat – decorated with cowbells and shakers, cymbals and hi-hat ornamentation – ebbing and flowing to snare rolls and sweeps of sound, pulsing bass, gradually soaring into a celebration of the sun's trajectory into the uppermost portion of the sky, a shining and soulful sonic odyssey.
Lead track from Your Silence Is Killing Me EP.
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Mixed by & drums produced/engineered by Timmy Rickard
‘Of The New World’ is the debut album from South London singer and producer Sarah Williams White.
Sarah is part of a new wave of artists from her corner of London that includes Mo Kolours, Henry Wu as well as her brother Paul White.
A multiinstrumentalist and vocalist, Sarah cites influences including Jamie Lidell, Erykah Badu and PJ Harvey as well as more contemporary acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Jamie Woon and Thundercat. Her sound mixes soulful, intricate vocals with subtle beats (courtesy of Timmy Rickard) and layered harmonies.
Over 12 tracks (7 songs and 5 interludes / soundscapes), this mini-album showcases Sarah’s range of abilities. Tracks like ‘Hum’ and ‘Winter Sun’ highlight her delicate yet powerfully soulful voice, whilst ‘Rainmaker’ and ‘New World’ show her ear for unusual beats and deft musicianship. Elsewhere the hypnotic interludes (‘Arrival’, ‘Adrift) would not be out of place in the more abstract work of her fellow South Londoners over at the 22a label.
Over it’s all too brief 27 minutes this is an album that draws the listener into it’s unique sound – drawing an ethereal thread through a work of wide and ambitious influences. With fans including Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Dan Le Sac as well as support from BBC Introducing and BBC London, this is just the beginning for one of the rarer talents that you’ll hear in 2015.
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