This House is Baba Ali’s debut release on 30th Century Records. The EP is produced by Jamie Hince of The Kills.
Born in New York, Baba Ali was previously part of the future-soul duo Voices of Black, before moving to the UK to undertake a masters degree in fine art at Goldsmiths. He released his debut solo Nomad EP in 2017 and tours with the likes of Gold Panda, Shigeto, Kele Okereke and Jonny Greenwood’s Junun project followed. A new set of music, recorded with The Kills’ Jamie Hince in LA, found their way to acclaimed artist-producer Brian Burton, AKA Danger Mouse, who made Baba the latest signing to his 30th Century Records label.
Those songs became the four-track This House EP – a perfect entry point to what Baba Ali has to offer. Opening track and previous single House provides the launching point for Ali and Hince’s collaboration – the spiky, swaggering single broke down all the walls and allowed the floodgates to open for the remainder of the project. Cirque de Bizarre elaborates on a melody that was locked inside Ali’s head since he was a teenager. With the help of Hince, he was finally able to crack the code and unleash the hook-laden track. El Dorado ties together the bluesy tones within the EP while adding in more experimental elements.