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Louis Baker releases side B of “Just Want to Thank You”

21 July, 2014

Viva la vinyl! Louis Baker releases side B of his Red Bull Music Academy 7-inch record “Just Want to Thank You”

The blue-eyed soul of Louis Baker will soon be pressed on this coveted format, the first time this Wellington troubadour will have his voice etched into vinyl grooves. The Red Bull Music Academy’s 7-inch record celebrates Louis’ time spent at the New York City edition of the Academy last year. Today marks the release of the B side of the 7-inch; Louis’ acoustic version of “Just Want to Thank You.”

“Man, I’ve always wanted to have a vinyl record of my own,” says Baker. “I want to hear that warmth and quality of my music heard on vinyl. I can’t wait to get the final pressing back.”

Just Want to Thank You was recorded in the Red Bull Studios in Auckland. Anyone can Listen to Side B of the 7-inch now exclusively on Free downloads of the track will be available after 24 hours.

“When writing this song, I was musing on two ideas, the first was about how thankful I am to have such support in my life, and also how we as humans are pushed and pulled. How do we deal with mass media manipulation? Separatism and disconnectedness? Do we let these things govern us?” Says Baker.

Following this acoustic version of Just Want To Thank You, is the release of the A side co-produced with New Zealand-born, Brisbane based soul-singer and producer Jordan Rakei who features on BV’s and keys.

“It’s basically a big boom bap, soul-style track with heavy drums, synths, bass, guitars, and stacks of vocal layers,” comments Baker.

Introduced in 1949 by American electronics company RCA, the 7-inch single arguably remains music’s most elegant physical format. From the 18-cm of acetate that slots comfortably into the palm of your hand, to the pint-sized artwork they’re adorned with, the 7-inch endures as a go-to acquisition for music lovers in the digital age. When Baker’s 7-inch is delivered, he will join an esteemed list of local musicians like Coco Solid, Mara TK, Riki Gooch, Alistair Deverick and Grayson Gilmour who have released their very own 45s courtesy of the Red Bull Music Academy.

While Baker has been waiting for the test pressings to be delivered, he has had been involved in two of the biggest performances of his short but impressive career. He took to the #RBMA stage at Field Days in London, as well as another #RBMA stage at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

A lucky few will be able to get their hands on a limited edition copy of the “Just Want to Thank You” 7-inch when it drops in September. Keep watch on for more details.


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