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Louis Baker - Single Review: Overdrive

02 Mar 2021 // A review by Isla Norman
Louis Baker has one of the most distinctive voices in modern Aotearoa music. He has gathered a loyal following worldwide. It’s no wonder that his latest collab with Kings, one of the most prominent rappers and singer-songwriters in New Zealand, is incredible.


Overdrive
is groovy from bar one. It starts with a car engine revving up and rolls into a Vulfpeck-level-funky bass riff. The rhythm section is tidy, but moving. It won’t sit still for more than a bar at a time. The production on the track is impeccable. No beat is wasted.

Baker’s laid back vocals paired with electric keys throw the listener into the heat of the afternoon with a beer in their hand. The band captures the sound of summer through epic instrumentation. The brief harmonic breakdown showcases that Baker’s voice is capable of more than this chill vocal performance, but they effortlessly cool delivery is what makes the song so perfect.

Kings’ verse provides a break, while electric guitar stabs in the background. His flow is natural, blending with the groove of the track perfectly. He spits about seeking positivity despite not being "shown love".

Baker’s vocals return for another chorus with electric guitar meddling in the background. Overdrive finishes with a single acapella line. It’s not often I find myself wishing songs were longer, but Overdrive leaves the listener wanting to click replay, and that in itself is an art.
Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Louis Baker

Soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker is undoubtedly one of the most compelling voices to emerge from Aotearoa New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape in recent years.

Crafting his work from a place of deep artistic integrity, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Everyone from India.Arie (“Louis Baker, you sing my soul,”) to BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine and Earmilk have shown love for what he is, and has become.

Growing up in the working-class suburb of Newtown, Wellington, Louis developed his passion for music at an early age listening to his parents diverse record collection, which featured the likes of Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Louis Baker

Releases

Love Levitates
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Open
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Louis Baker
Year: 2014
Type: EP

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