South London newcomer Sarah Williams White adds her smooth and smokey vocals to dissonant, melodic sounding beats based in live sound and garnished nicely with a warped touch of sweetness.
The EP opens up with Your Silence Is Killing Me. No, your track is not skipping, the sample is SWW looped: she pours, we drink. With gusto, the beats drop in, and the tone for the album is set; chunky, dissonant samples thump around like a dislocated, limp foot. The crutch holding all this up is the soft, almost jazzy vocals, which is a welcomed relief from broken start. The chorus is pop, all over, and I guess this where people start to compare Sarah Williams White (albeit unfairly) with the likes of Lily Allen.
As a nice little bonus, Dan Le Sac has remixed Your Silence Is Killing Me. Taking on Sarah’s title track and giving it a warped, airy eighties vibe. The bones of the original are still there- it’s a nice touch. Dan Le Sac and Sarah have worked together in the past, with him remixing another track, Play Along: also worth a listen.
Rolling on to Always, the second track. SSW asks, “Will our love be always like this?” sweetly, like the honeymoon period of a relationship. Bouncy and cute, SWW explores those sweet, lovelorn moments while grounding the song with RnB and pop inspired beats. It’s a pleasure to listen to.
Hope And Lust taps into SWW’s more nefarious side, bringing out that smooth, sultry jazz vocal that works so well with her dulcet drums and bass. Hope And Lust rocks around slowly, like a pervert swaying back and forth as he watches his love through her bedroom window; it’s a late night song to play while you’re slipping into something a little more comfortable. Polished and clean, I imagine this track will be picked up by radio and could be the track to propel SWW into the arena she deserves to be in.
Music Man trickles in with a sneaky bass line, the kind of baseline that seems like it’s up to no good. “My heart is so sore, from the beats that I endurep;” this is what SWW does best: mixing a grinding phat sound with soft and sexy vocals. As she proclaims her love for the Music Man, we hear the guitars come in, adding a necessary grit and toughness to this salacious little tune. We reach breaking point towards the end, with a cacophony of reversed samples and swirling, crunching sounds, building to a fitting climax for this deliciously sexy and sweet EP.
Words: Brent Randall