Sahala // Time Travel [Forest Biz]
Release Date October 30th, 2020
Label Forest Biz
Cat No FBZ045
Wrapping up an outstanding year which has seen her lend her vocal talents to revered drum and bass labels including Liquid V and Co-Lab Recordings, Scottish soulstress Sahala presents her debut EP, TIME TRAVEL. The project serves as the Manchester-based singer’s first outing on Forest Biz Records, following on from her outstanding guest appearance on Katch’s wonky electronic anthem “How Does It Feel?” last year. The lion’s share of the EP is produced by label regulars, although frequent collaborator Diligent Fingers also lends a hand, making for a highly varied EP showcasing a handful of the many strings to Sahala’s bow.
Known for her contributions to various groups including the indie bands Aria Sky and IN-SENSÉ and the New Zealand rap outfit The Settlers, Sahala’s distinctive style draws on myriad influences, many of which shine through over the course of the EP. Teaming up with Idaho junglist EvoluShawn on the atmospheric opener “BREAK IN TIME”, she laces a combination of clattering breaks, punchy subs and reverberating pads, delivering an impassioned topline steeped in patois and positively dripping with R&B influences. “CONTROL”, meanwhile, places her commanding vocals atop Sippor’s voweled synthwork and two-step grooves, making for an intriguing concoction occupying the grey area between garage and bassline.
“RISE”, which features both production and vocal contributions from Mancunian heavyweight Diligent Fingers, is a feel-good Rastafarian roller, furnished with luscious, vibrato-tinged chords and slinking basslines. Finally, concluding the project with flair is “EXAMPLE”, a breezy trip-hop collaboration with Burnley’s BitLoud which spotlights Sahala’s silky half-sung, half-rapped vocals, once again reaffirming the rising star’s rare willingness to tackle any style she sees fit. With an outlook this refreshing and a list of collaborators looking increasingly impressive by the day, listeners would be wise to get acquainted.