The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

Liam Bailey , Liam Bailey Live In The Red Room

  • Wednesday 21st January 2015
  • Supported by: Joy Mumford




Liam Bailey started performing with Nottingham hip hop group 1st Bloodin the early 2000s, featuring on their album Riddle Me This in 2003, and subsequent releases, including Beats4thePeople (2005) and The Blood Drop Agenda (2011).

In 2008, Bailey participated in folk collective The Accidental, along with Hannah Caughlin, Stephen Cracknell and Sam Genders (formerly of Tunng). They released an album There Were Wolves on Thrill Jockey Records.In 2010, he released two solo EPs on Amy Winehouse's Lioness Records.Recorded entirely by Bailey and his guitar, the debut EP 2am Rough Tracks was released on 23 September, following its recording some weeks before. The EP consisted of "Your Heart's Not Safe", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". This was followed by a second three track EP So Down, Cold, released on 29 November, featuring the tracks; "Fool Boy", "Breaking Out" and "So Down, Cold". Bailey signed to Polydor Records earlier the same year.

Bailey has been performing around the world with Chase & Status since 2010. Bailey co-wrote & performed on their single Blind Faith, released on 21 January 2011 in the UK, where it debuted at number five in the charts; it also featured on their second album No More Idols. They then collaborated on the single Big Man, released 16 October 2012, which reached #13 on the UK Dance Chart and appears on some editions of follow-up album Brand New Machine.

His debut solo single "You Better Leave Me" was released by Polydor on 2 March 2011; it was supported by British DJ Zane Lowe. His EP It's Not the Same followed on 3 July, to positive reviews.A tour with Jessie J took place the same year, and Bailey also collaborated with folk rock group The Memory Band on song "Demon Days", a track from their album Oh My Days, later used on the soundtrack to film Third Star.

Bailey's prospective debut album Out Of The Shadows was recorded, produced by Salaam Remi, and scheduled for issue in September 2011 but Polydor unexpectedly pulled the release.

His next single "Please Love Me" was released on New York's Truth and Soul Records in 2012. A previous release on the label had been credited to "The Dynamic Set (featuring Liam Bailey)". Bailey also collaborated with Delilah on an alternate version of her single Breathe, available on download single. He then worked with DJ Fresh on the song "Don't Tell Me", released in October on Fresh's album Nextlevelism.

Following a break with Polydor, 2013 saw the re-release of "When Will They Learn" on Speakerbox, MistaJam's Ministry of Sound imprint, complete with remixes by Shadow Child and others. The video was shot with Bailey's friends in Nottingham for the relatively small sum of £1,750. Manager Sarah Stennett told HitQuarters that its homegrown, low-key nature was a perfect fit saying: "The video with Liam is amazing because his friends capture him so well. He was signed to a major label previously and they never quite captured it."

Bailey's collaboration with Shy FX, "Soon Come" reached #6 on the UK Indie Chart in August 2013 and received praise from David Rodigan, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac. They also collaborated on an EP as "Project Maldonado" which was released for download on SoundCloud. A new solo track "Save Some Love" was made available for free download in September the same year.

His debut album Definitely Now was released in the US in August 2014 on Flying Buddha/Sony, with download single On My Mind available with pre-order. In an interview with Wondering Sound, Bailey explains how "it’s been torture trying to figure out which way to go" in terms of musical direction. 'Definitely Now' shows that he has now found his sound, and is described by Wondering Sound as "sweet Daptone soul infused with blues moods, Oasis riffage, Sam Cooke grooves and light Jamaican accents".

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