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Kinny - Big Fat Liar

Tru Thoughts on January 11, 2012 15:56

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    'Big Fat Liar' is the first single to be lifted from Kinny's new album, 'Can't Kill A Dame With Soul'

    The single is out on Monday, but you can buy it direct from us now http://shop.etchshop.co.uk/releases/TRUDD036/big-fat-liar/542

    Kinny’s captivating power and range of vocal expression, her diverse cultural heritage (a mix of Jamaican, Native Canadian and Swedish), and the twists and turns her life has taken all feed into the music. This is a richly emotive sound that never shies away from a dancefloor-filling groove or a stream-of-consciousness lyrical flow. The warm, immersive and soulful soundscape created by Norwegian producer/musician duo Souldrop (who also produced two tracks on her first album) provides the perfect cocoon for Kinny’s crystal-edged voice, the eclectic sonic palette ranging organically from big bassy beats and keys to acoustic instrumentation and percussion.

    Announcing Kinny’s emphatic return with a big fat beat, “Big Fat Liar” exemplifies her more fiery and dancefloor-orientated side, and is certain to soundtrack many a night out. Bonus tracks come in the form of the more languid and laid-back groove of album track “You From This Sting” and an exclusive unplugged version of “Water For Chocolate” - the original, which appeared on her debut solo album 'Idle Forest Of Chit Chat', was the first track she ever made with Souldrop, planting the seeds for the flourishing creative partnership you hear on the new record.

    Kinny - aka Canadian born, Norway based Caitlin Simpson - is one of a handful of standout female singers to have been nurtured and developed in the Tru Thoughts stable, alongside the likes of soul queen Alice Russell and Belleruche siren Kathrin deBoer. Her 2010 solo debut - on which production was split between collaborators including label-mates Quantic, Nostalgia 77 and Hint – gained rave reviews and support from Laurent Garnier, Craig Charles (BBC 6Music), Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2) and Daddy G (Massive Attack), and sparked more than the occasional comparison to luminaries including Erykah Badu.

    This time, on 'Can't Kill A Dame With Soul' she worked exclusively with Souldrop, fellow residents of the vibrant musical town of Bergen, Norway. Creating music in one room with her production team, rather than across several international borders, made for a totally different recording experience. “We felt more like a unit creating something and fed off of each other’s energies”, she says.

    The new LP finds this self-proclaimed ‘freestyle improv vocalist’ channelling her trademark impulsive, freeform stylings into a more reflective set of deeply personal songs that explore escalating struggles with mental instability and identity. Lyrically, the issues Kinny battles on this album stem from her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a lifelong condition that has come to overwhelm her: “Every song on this album is in some way about my mental illness which affects my everyday life. All the tracks stem around my fear, pain and frustrations and how having OCD has changed me.” With singing as her only respite, the visceral sense of a spiritual release – of music that just had to be made - permeates ‘Can’t Kill A Dame With Soul’.

    Kinny’s last two difficult years have in fact also been a busy and rich creative period. As well as making this album, she has also recorded featured parts on a handful of De La Soul songs, supported Ugly Duckling on tour, and played many other well-received live PAs including Bestival. Having now assembled and rehearsed a new live band, this powerful and much-praised performer is looking forward to taking to the road and touring the album in 2012.

    Released by: Tru Thoughts
    Release/catalogue number: TRUDD036
    Release date: Jan 16, 2012

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