You may have the record “When Will They Learn” from Liam Bailey, a one off he did with the Truth & Soul label about a dozen years ago. The tune was a classic as soon as it was dropped. Underground and just fire from the start, it was played at reggae nights world wide. You may not have known that Bailey was also signed to Amy Winehouse’s label in 2010 and then was aligned with some of the top pop producers around, lending his sound out to a variety of acts. This sound is unique, and the artist who’s got soul in him through and through has linked back up all these years later with Leon Michels and Big Crown Records for a full length due out in November 2020. For now, we have this amazing track “Champion”, which is in a class all by itself. It’s been called a cross between a slowed down Groove Armada’s “Superstylin’ ” and Timmy Thomas’s “Why Can’t We Live Together”, and if you listen close, you can hear elements of both. But we think as a whole, Liam Bailey has his own special sound, and true to the title of the song, it’s a champion sound in itself. Soul and reggae elements plus some great 808 all weave throughout the almost three minute track, which is only available digitally at the moment. But don’t fret, the forty five soon come, as evidenced by the photo below. If this is the tip of the iceberg from Liam Baily (with Leon Michels producing) and his full length debut on Big Crown Records, it’s going to be one of the most highly anticipated records on the label for sure. Listen to the track below. Then listen to it again. Pure fire.
Get the tune, out on Big Crown Records, here.