Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Record label: R&S
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Post-Rock, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic
Head here to submit your own review of this album. In the deepest darkest depths of pretentiously anonymous 'hype' acts and precocious inexperienced 15-year-olds with identikits, Paul White emerges as a cleansing antidote. The man behind the purest moments of Danny Brown's 'Old' was, until recently, a library music producer for Channel 4 and the BBC.
On Shaker Notes, released on Belgium's revered R&S label, Paul White pushes his sampler to the side and plays an assortment of objects, including "broken bass," "stolen bongo," "weird wooden xylophone," and "my nephew's wooden flute." A list of family and friends that includes sister Sarah Williams White, Wayne Francis, and Jamie Woon assist on instrumentation and add layers to White's vocals. That's right -- the producer even sings here. He doesn't exactly go for it.
If you were to expect anything from Paul White, a genre-spanning release on R&S records wouldn’t make the top five list. Better known for his eccentric and eclectic sampling with One Handed Music artists including Mo Kolours and Bullion, Paul White has produced hits for Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson and Danny Brown amongst many others. Now, White’s chosen to shrug off the producer title and approach us with something very much unlike anything else he’s done before.