Words by Jesse Serwer—
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Marley’s Mellow Mood has come up with a new way to “free the people with music,” launching a weekly free music download series dubbed Tune in Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, this link features a download of a new single from a different emerging artist. Marley’s Mellow Mood has tapped LargeUp to co-curate the series, and this week the featured artist is LargeUp favorite, Hollie Cook.
We’re so big on Hollie, we named her the new artist of the year for 2011 and called her self-titled debut the best Caribbean album of the year. If you haven’t heard her incredible modern take on Lover’s Rock yet, now’s your chance. Go here to download “Cry,” and get to know Hollie with her answers to some of our questions below. (Go here for our full “Rookie of the Year” interview with Hollie).
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Borbely
No. 1 on our Toppa Top 10 albums list for 2011, British singer Hollie Cook’s self-titled debut LP was the one record everyone on our highly opinionated team could agree on this year. Brilliantly produced and mixed by engineer Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi and topped off with Cook’s intoxicating vocal presence and lovelorn lyrics, the LP had a transportive quality, evoking some of the best elements of past U.K. movements like Lovers Rock and 2 Tone while sounding fresh enough to warrant much wider exposure today. Though a new name to most, Hollie has a neat little backstory: she’s the London-born daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and a British-born mother of St. Lucian extraction, and played for several years in a reformed version of the iconic female punk-reggae band, the Slits, with her parents’ good friend, the late Ari Up. We feel so strongly about her future prospects that we’re declaring her our second annual LargeUp “Rookie of the Year” (and, for the second year in a row, the award’s going to a Brit). We recently spoke with Hollie via Skype about her unique upbringing, how her LP took shape, and what we can expect from her in the New Year.
Words by Jesse Serwer
It was only yesterday that we introduced you to Hollie Cook but already she’s caught our attention again. The London-based daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, and the self-titled LP she quietly released this summer, have become quite the obsession in our offices. As it turns out, Cook has just dropped a new video for the album’s track “Body Beat.” Playing into her sexy girl next door vibes, the camera follows a jean shorts-clad Cook as she strolls around London’s Portobello Road, stopping to dap up deejay/guest vocalist Horseman and peruse some vinyl. Truly a woman after our hearts, she stops to inspect Junior Delahaye’s Reggae LP, of all records. Musically speaking now, her voice floats smoothly over one of her producer Prince Fatty‘s breezier tracks, an ethereal riddim that blends lovers rock with bubbly synth flourishes. Watch the clip below, but we claim no responsibility for all of the work you’re going to shrug off once you press play.
Words by Martei Korley
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Hollie Cook. While shooting models for a gig in Kingston, the art director, my good friend BenGee, suggested that I play her music for the girls posing with their best Pepsi smiles, instead of the usual barrage of Kartel tunes. When I relented, the quality took me for a spin: Hollie’s voice was like a cool burning fire, conjuring up images of a young Sade, or even Gregory Isaacs. The production values of the music were just as impressive. It’s been a long time since lovers rock was mixed like this. And still it sounded fresher than morning dew in a mango walk – straight goosebumps!