|ERIC LAU (LONDON, ENGLAND)
LIVE ON ANDREW MEZA'S BTS RADIO ('07)
I first heard the name in early 2006. Various playlists containing Lau's beats seemed to hit me all at once. A handful of UK DJs were speaking highly of this new up and comer. A beat tape circulating that was a must have. When I finally reached his MySpace, I understood what the hype was about. I heard some of the warmest and impressive productions, sounds and swing I hadn't heard since early Jay Dee or Soulquarian record. There was a fine balance of soul and hip-hop, while some tracks would shift to one side of the spectrum, they'd hit you just as hard. Many people can fuse the elements of soul and hip-hop together, but very few can do it right.
After sessions of MySpace messages, transfers of beat tapes, I was an avid fan and believer in his music. A year had passed when Lau told me he was finally ready to drop an LP. Passing this news on, it wasn't more than a month later that he got a deal. His debut "New Territories" was released on Ubiquity Records in 2008. A solid introduction with productions I'd known him for. Creating this record, Lau also introduce his impressive A&R skills, showcasing some of the finest vocalists in London with Rahel, Tawiah, Sarina Leah and Meshach Brown. All who could easily shine on a solo release.
We're currenlty witnessing the makings of one of our finest producers, someone on the same playing field as a 9th Wonder or Just Blaze, who could produce for a marquee hip-hop act, the underground, while also serving beats for a Mary J. Blige or Erykah Badu. I have no doubt in my mind that this should and will happen.
From the archives, this is Lau's second guest mix for BTS Radio. First airing live in July of 2007.
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Original Air Date: July 19, 2007
Running Time: 23 minutes