Soul on Top

A 2 track funk single (6m 53s) — released December 4th 2015 on 45 Live

The first release on 45 Live Records, a brand new label and music project 100% focused on the mighty 45 rpm 7" single. 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

Boca 45 is one of the few artists that turns my head and compels me to listen to everything he does, every time! - Huey Morgan BBC 6 Music

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! - DJ Format

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 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 Tunes

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 Rae & Christian

Sounds awesome! This stuff is boom-banging! - DJ Yoda

A Boca 45 sure shot on a 45, as it should be! - Andy Smith Portishead

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