Today, UK artist Liam Bailey releases his new album Ekundayo via Big Crown Records.
The album contains all of the eclectic singles he’s shared in recent months, “Angel Dust,”
“Paper Tiger,” “Champion,” “White Light,” “Don’t Blame NY,” and most-recently, the vintage Dub inspired, tenderly-written track “Cold & Clear,” which LargeUp called “an
entirely contemporary creation.” Ekundayo was produced by Leon Michels of El Michels Affair, who first teamed up with Liam on their 2012 7″ “When Will They Learn/I’m Gonna Miss You.” The two reconnected to make the record they’ve always strived toward following their first meeting in 2005, embodied in the album’s title, which translates to “sorrow becomes joy” in Yoruba, a language spoken mostly in Western Africa.
The title perfectly encapsulates the essence of the album and offers a true introduction to Liam’s artistry. There’s a central theme of creative freedom and liberating honesty across
Ekundayo that pairs old, textured Reggae riddims with the introspective storytelling of old soul records and modern R&B. Beyond testing the boundaries of genre, Liam’s songwriting finds him tackling personal moments in his music free of any prior restraints and presents a full portrait of Liam’s identity as an artist and a man.