Who is Eric Lau? For those not in the know, Eric Lau is a beat maker, a producer from good ole London town. He first gained national prominence in 2006 with his track ‘I’m Fine’ featuring Rahel on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers Part 4. Multiple production credits later, including for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Muhsinah, Oddisee, Guilty Simpson, Tanya Morgan, Tawiah and Rahel, we find ourselves with the new release, Makin’ Sound. The album is on the label Kilawatt Music and you vinyl cats (yes they still make vinyl) can get your vinyl version of Makin’ Sound on Rarekind records and also from FatBeats. Needless to say this is Eric’s third release of 2010 so it’s apparent the brother puts in some work. Check out our previous entries on Eric Lau including ‘The Understanding (Reprise)’ for Save The Children and ‘Kilawatt: V2 EP’.
Makin’ Sound is a 20 song strong instrumental opus that hits you ‘with no delaying so what you saying yo!’ from the moment you press play. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the project, firstly with the 70s soul cover to how seamless songs jump from one track into another. A few times I had to double check that I was in fact listening to the next song. The introduction is soulful and reminiscent of the 70s Marvin Gaye vibe, who incidentally is sampled on the banger ‘What’s Going Down’. The trick Eric pulls off on the first few soulful tracks is that there is a soulfulness to his sound, to his songs without any datedness whatsoever.
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It’s not all soul however as the middle part of this long player contains some really classy and dreamy songs including ‘Warp’, ‘Bendy’ and ‘Change’. Before that let me not forget to mention that ‘Lil Chop’ is a definite highlight. It’s fair to say Eric likes his strings and keys and this is more than evident in another standout track ‘Minnie’. ‘Love, Love Love’ is just so chilled out it nearly sent me off to sleep (in a good way) and the epic ‘Whatcha Doin’ definitely got the head nodding.
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There are elements in the production here that would remind one of the great J Dilla. The press release indicates that this collection of mostly instrumentals is from an archive of previously unheard music. To be honest I wouldn’t have guessed that to be case as the songs are top draw with a delivery in the production that is very consistent.
Makin’ Sound is available on 12″ Vinyl and Digital Download from all good retailers including hhv.de (GER), Fat Beats (US) and Jazzy Sport (JPN).