It wouldn’t be the weekend with out some new vinyl releases. My Morning Jacket have reissued “Evil Urges” and “It Still Moves”, both on colour vinyl plus it’s been 20 years since Josiah released their EP “Out Of The First Rays” and it’s finally available once again! We’ve also got the stellar debut release from Tiawa “Moonlit Train”. If you’re a fan of neo-soul with a touch of trip-hop and reggae then you’ll want to check it out.
We also received a load of restocks and additions to our new record selection here at Backbeat. You can of course come on down to the store for a dig or check them out on our eShop here:
Tiawa – Moonlight Train
Tiawa’s debut album ‘Moonlit Train’ is a conceptual record that maps a metaphorical train journey from relationships through to healing and liberation. Gently easing between soul, 90s hip-hop and Latin-folk that harks back to Tiawa’s Portuguese heritage, the inspiration for the LP comes from the rebellious spirit of reggae, the pace of lyricism in reggaeton, and the romanticism of doo-wop.
“Mountains Of Metal” is the third teaser from the album, following on from the optimistic single “Shine Bright” and the oppression-fighting “Life Is Not A Crime”; an exclusive release on Tru Thoughts’ ‘Shapes: Sideways’ compilation, which was described by theartsdesk as “pure trip-hop” and was supported by underground purveyors Off Licence Magazine and BBC 6Music broadcaster Cerys Matthews.
“Each song on the album is part of an emotional journey. I hope it helps to heal people in serious situations and makes them feel better afterwards. “Saudade” is the introduction to ‘Moonlit Train’ and opens with a Portuguese poem that translates to ‘don’t be sad now, I’m going to play a song for you’, in the background you can hear the movement of a train on the tracks…” Tiawa explains.
Fusing soulful vocals with the jagged edge of a rap-styled flow, Tiawa’s vocal delivery is perfectly matched to producer, collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Jack-Chi, a Bristol-veteran who cut his teeth as a producer in the city.
The album sets the stage for a new chapter in Tiawa’s career on hometown label Tru Thoughts, after having made an assured debut on iconic dubwise-label Roots Garden with the reggae-riddim slant “Pain Killa”, which was championed by legendary DJ David Rodigan on BBC1Xtra. Tiawa has laid the foundation for her timeless yet graceful sound, and a lyrical maturity that confutes her youth.
See you soon!