18th September sees the release of the debut single from Cleo Sol. This song is a combination of pop, ska reggae and R’n’B. High is all about having a crush; “that feeling that’s unique to everyone but completely unmistakable”. Sol’s vocals are extremely distinctive and you can pick up on the reggae vibe straight away. High is the perfect song for the summer plus it oozes warmth at the same time.
The production has been developed from an original Studio One recording from the 1960’s, by producer Chris Peckings, whose Dad originally brought the Studio One label to the UK. Studio One is one of the most renowned record labels and recording studios in the world, involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s, including ska, reggae, dub and dancehall. The label was instrumental in shaping the careers of Bob Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Skatalites, Burning Spear, Toots & the Maytals and many others.
Gappy Ranks, a fellow West Londoner and dancehall musician for whom Chris Peckings was instrumental in developing his career, features on this track.
All in all this is a fantastic song which I think is brilliant. It is also very chilled out at the same time. Cleo Sol is definately someone you have to keep your eye on.
Who is Cleo Sol??
Cleo was born and rasied in Ladbroke Grove and was brought up with a strong sense of community. A regular at the annual, famous Notting Hill Carnival, Sol is often spotted cycling around the roads of West London. The slightly cooler, more beautiful ‘girl-next-door’, Cleo, loves fashion and she says her style is influenced by her Dad’s ‘rockabilly’, mixed with grunge and 80′s era music.
To celebrate it’s release, ‘High’ will also be distributed on 7inch for it’s 18 Sept release date.