Rising star A-Tola releases his double A-side UK debut Goal b/w Sound Bwoy on 14th May through Street Dreams Entertainment. So what’s the story behind ‘Goal’, the lead track that features a sample from the celebrated football show? A track that’s already received love from Radio 1’s Chris Moyles and been spun by every hip-hop DJ in the country?
‘Well, I’m a huge football fan’, A-Tola states, ‘I wanted to make a tune that captured my love for the sport artistically, as well as bringing the fun of the beat and the memories of watching the show back’.
The track its self is upbeat and light hearted in its approach, but does feel a bit cheesy. A-Tola’s flows are nice and the subject matter maintains the footy theme referencing players and equating Tola’s skills to soccer skills. I seem to remember another Grandstand sampling rap, and beatwise that one may have the edge.
Sound Bwoy is of similarly eloquent constitution, A-Tola says of the track, ‘I’m trying to state that making music feels very natural to me and that it feels like I’m born to do it. Like I say on the track, ‘Music I’m born in it, now kick back and watch a young brudda rule in it’’. This track is slower paced and has a reggae edge to it with its guitar, rumbling bass as lazer effects. The production is lush along with some breath female singing in the chorus and I feel this is the tastier of the two tracks on offer here.
Two contrasting tracks, each with its own relentless energy and charm, showing A-Tola’s versatility, and devotion to creating music with style and substance. Make sure you stop by A-Tola’s Myspace where there is videos for both of these tracks.