Liam Bailey”s excellent debut full length album – Definitely NOW – is a soul album with rock, blues, R&B, reggae, and some psychedelic influences. The British singer and songwriter previously released two EP’s on Amy Winehouse’s Lionesss label. Discovered by Winehouse, Bailey has also been involved with a handful of collaborations including electronic music production duo Chase & Status.
Definitely NOW is an impressive mix of musical styles, all anchored by Bailey’s beautiful singing and soulful voice. The album is produced by Salaam Remi (Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Alicia Keys, Nas), and is a collection of understated gems. In a recent interview with Wonderous Sound, Bailey said about the album:
“I’ve captured every element of my musical taste and inclinations,” Bailey says from the back of a bustling Williamsburg coffee shop, where he’s somehow managed to stash the two guitars he’s on his way to have fixed. “One of the things I’ve been burdened by in the past is one minute, I’m doing something acoustic. The next minute, it’s reggae-based. The next minute, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. A lot of people are saying, ‘You need to stick with one thing.’ That’s never really felt right. It’s been torture trying to figure out which way to go.”
Below, download “Stun Me” via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.
Liam Bailey, My Morning Download