Times are tough and between living in a world at war with record high unemployment, sometimes we just need a break from it all. I have found, that in very stressful situations, Eliza Doolittle‘s “Rollerblades” is perfect for decreasing blood pressure. It’s easily two parts Corinne Bailey Rae, half Lilly Allen and a pinch of Adele. With out being chessey, her music is genuinely warm and optimistic.
22-year-old Doolittle has been writing songs since she was 12 and signed a publishing deal at 16. She co-wrote each of her debut album’s 13 tracks, collaborating with a host of top-notch songwriters and producers, including Greg Kurstin, Steve Chrisanthou (Corinne Bailey Rae), the late Jonny $ (Kylie, Massive Attack), and Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse). The result is a witty pop collection that mines sounds from the ’60s and ’70s while still sounding indisputably fresh. The one-two punch of “Rollerblades” and her U.K. debut “Skinny Genes” recall lost songs from the Motown era by the Marvelettes and The Supremes. In fact when asked to list some of her musical influences it easy to she why Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon. the Kinks, Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and yes even Erykah Badu would be on that list. Her sound is diverse but at it’s core still pop.
Doolittle performed at all of the major UK festivals last year and will showcase her songs in the states later this year adding a stop at both SXSW and Coachella. If you are going to either of these huge musical events, make sure to seek her set out!
Interested? Check out the video of my personal favorite song off the record, “Rollerblades” below. Easily one of the best hooks this year! Also check in on Eliza at her blog www.blog.elizadoolittle.com, she is always going to the best parties and traveling the globe touring.
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