Hackney native Eliza Rose has learned everything she knows from her local soundscape. Growing up on the 2-step and 4x4 rhythms of UK Garage (citing the sounds of Lovestation’s Teardrops and B-15’s Girls Like Us as her first true garage experience) and spending her spare time listening to artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz and soul associated artists has provided the platform for one of London’s leading lights to truly shine - whether it be through house, garage, mo-town, soul or funk - seamlessly blending eras and sounds together through retro-modern vocals and productions on her own Rosebud Recordings.
There couldn’t be a more fitting artist to celebrate Lobster Theremin’s milestone 100th release with, having been a part of the Lobster family for some time now through a long-standing friendship and record shop & label responsibilities, and alongside emerging label affiliate M4A4 the pair deliver 4 killer cuts of 2-step, house-garage and jungle fitting of the moment.
“With Shades of Red I wanted to combine my love of Jazz style vocals alongside my love for UK garage in a way that still felt authentic for both sounds”, she says. “I'm very interested in revamping and presenting the ‘old skool’ for a new audience while hoping that the people who do have respect for these more retro sounds will also appreciate the tracks. For example the lyrics ‘such an uneasy evil' ect in Nyt lyf is a nod to the track of the same name which is one of my favourite Jazz standards.”
‘All Night Long’ is a bass-driven bouncer; romantic lyricism, skippy beats and punchy production makes for an easy-listening groove that could just as easily go off in the club, while ‘Delectable’ sees Eliza marry lounge-jazz vocalisation with M4A4’s joyous blend of UK and US garage - inspired, uplifting and joyous.
‘Temptation’ is a celebration of the Hackney melting pot; meandering through blues, soul, jazz, house and garage in a contemporary blend of old and new, before a late-night rush in the rave is inspired by the 160 breakbeats and lairy basslines of ‘Troublemaker’s jungle riddim.
100 releases. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us since the beginning
released March 25, 2022
Production & arrangement by Eliza Rose & M4A4
Design by Tavis Taiwo
Mastered at Ten Eight Seven
Pressed at Kuroneko