PLEASE NOTE: Boca 45 has now signed this track to Mass Appeal along with his new album, so we have removed the digital download.
The A side ‘Soul On Top’, is produced by Boca 45 and features New Zealander Louis Baker on vocals. Louis, based in Wellington, N.Z. has an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, which earned him a place at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in New York, when he was chosen out of 4000 applicants to take one of only 60 places. Currently gaining plaudits internationally for his sublime songwriting that has shades of J Dilla to Sly Stone, he has been touring in Europe as well as many shows and festivals down under. Boca 45 is a Bristolian legend who’s earned a mighty rep for his work with Andy Smith as Dynamo Productions, with Ben Salisbury as Dolman, with Gee Ealey as Malachai alongside his many solo records on various labels. Very much 2 talented artists that are successful in their own right who have found some common ground...
Louis was on tour in Europe in the spring of 2015 and played a show at The Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, whilst Boca was the guest DJ at the Wicked Jazz club night the same night. They end up meeting and get on brilliantly. The following day they reconvene on Red Light Radio, and having both been blown away with each others sets they decide that they must work together. A meeting of minds from different parts of the globe (UK-NZ) comes together in Amsterdam (that can't happen very often). Fast forward a couple of months and they start plotting Soul On Top - Scott makes the music / beats whilst Louis plays guitar, sings & plays bass. The result being an immediate slice of hip hop soul which will work as well on the dance floor as it will on the radio.
The B side features ‘Diegos Theme’, lifted from Boca's 2nd LP Vertigo Sounds which featured amongst other guest vocalists Kelvin Swaby from The Heavy. D.T is a sampledelic slice of b-boy heaven - Boca say's that it's inspired by his football hero Diego Maradona - ‘I wanted to make a track which would suit his personality as well as being a soundtrack to his many breathtaking goals he scored throughout his career’. A classic slice of Boca and pressed on 45 for the very first time, it’s a lot more than just a lowly B side spin!
‘Distilling the spirit of Hip Hop, Funk, Street Soul, 80's Rare Groove & top notch 2015 production into 7 inches of joy... Louis Bakers vocals provide ‘The Soul On Top’...’
Jon More (Coldcut)
‘Blistering new soul tune, sweet vocal harmonies over concrete drum breaks and conga’s to go! What more could you want?’
Smoove (Smoove & Turrell / Jalapeno Records)
‘Score! Strong premiere for the brand new 45 Live label. Boca 45 on top of the game and an indestructible classic cuton the flip. Highly recommended!’
DJ Marc Hype
‘Soul On Top is a great funk track put together in a hip hop/breaks style. B-side is classic Boca... great to have on 7” at last!’
‘Rock solid funk fueled soul from Bristol's finest.’
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s)
‘Soul On Top - love it - sounds like a lost classic’
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada)
‘A piece of stunning future soul with a retro twist. Love it!!’
Brad Baloo (The Nextmen)
‘A slamming start to the 45 Live label - a peak time party platter of Soul where the cream rises to the top - instant packed dancefloor singalong and air sax solo action guaranteed’
DJ Food (Ninja Tune)
‘So nice, 2 instantly playable bangers, I can see both of these fitting right into my DJ sets.’
DJ Woody (ITF DJ World Champ)
‘Booming Bristol soul fire with a hard funk twist courtesy of one of the Uk's best beat based producers’
Mark Rae (Yes King / Rae & Christian)
‘A Boca 45 sure shot on a 45, as it should be!’
DJ Andy Smith (Portishead)
‘Sounds awesome! This stuff is boom-banging!’
The first release on 45 Live Records, a brand new label and music project 100% focused on the mighty 45 rpm 7” single. 45 Live is a collective of DJs/Producers including DJ Food (Ninja Tune), DJ Format, Jon More (Coldcut), Ollie Teeba, Boca 45, Andy Smith (Portishead), Pete Isaac and more. With a magazine style website with features, mixes, interviews and music reviews on the 7” scene as a whole, DJ agency, 45 Live events at clubs and festivals and a twice monthly radio show out of dublab in Los Angeles, 45 Live is striving to build a global community to celebrate the beautiful 7” format.
released December 1, 2015
Produced by Boca 45
Vocal/Guitar/Bass on 'Soul On Top': Louis Baker
Artwork: Pete Isaac