Hot on the heels of a critically acclaimed debut album, Ruth Koleva presents a collection of remixes by some of the most respected names in contemporary dance music.
The Bulgarian artist, still only 25, has become a national treasure, sharing the stage with legends including imperious jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, mentoring on popular talent show Music Academy and performing a sold-out concert to more than 1,300 guests at Bulgaria Hall with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a vocalist and songwriter she excels in all things soul and nu-classic R&B – think Erykah Badu and Jill Scott – but as a music fan her tastes extend much further. She has always kept an ear to the ground when it comes to club culture and the roster of producer remixers on Rhythm Slave confirms that. There is virtuoso keyboardist Kaidi Tatham, a key player in the London broken beat/bruk scene, who adds more urgency to ‘What Am I Supposed To Do’, without sacrificing the forlorn melody at the heart of the song. Tatham rings out every last bit of frustration in the vocal before taking us on a little excursion with one of those signature solos.
Next up, Eric Lau (Lupe Fiasco, Muhsinah, Tawiah) strips down ‘Turn This Around’ and uses a neck-snapping beat to counterpoint Koleva’s ethereal harmonies. It’s a real highlight on the album – not least for the singer herself, who loves how it’s a “completely different vibe to the original”.
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