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Legacy Series: Lain – Brother Soul

The ‘Legacy’ series is part of the content migration programme from earlier versions of UKGospel.com, ensuring the history and evolution of the UK Gospel music scene remains recorded and publicly accessible

  • Original publication date: 15 July 2005
  • Written and edited by: Yinka Awojobi

About ‘Behind the Beat’

‘Behind the Beat’ was an ongoing set of stories where UK Gospel artists presented a track-by-track exposition of their projects, typically albums and EPs (as opposed to the more prevalent singles format), sharing their thinking behind creating the projects.

This approach allowed for a more complete exploration of these recordings in their entirety, without the potential distraction of focusing on the more visible – or popular – singles from the CD.

Brother Soul

2005 has been somewhat quiet in terms of huge, big-noise, sit-up-and-pay-attention album releases.

We still have about five months to go, but there really hasn’t been anything MAJOR, like we had with the buzz about Siani and Raymond & Co in 2004…

However there’s a quiet revolution in the making.  And this one already has a groundswell of serious proportions. 

You may not recognise the name Lain, but you more than likely would remember the group Nu Colours from the 90s, of which he was a member. 

His debut album, Brother Soul, holds the distiction of being the first album to have sold out, and in record time, on UKG Shop**. 

And there’s good reason for that.  It is one of 2005’s best releases, as Lain puts top-drawer British Soul back on the map…

And what better way to learn more about the man and the music than to read about the album in Lain‘s own words…? 

Kick back, relax and find out about one of this year’s genuine, high-quality sleeper hits. 

This album will make you think, reflect and – if you’re open to it – act on the positive dictates of our faith.  

Enjoy…

Yinka Awojobi
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‘Behind the Beat’: A UK Gospel.com Report

Yinka: Congratulations on an excellent album. Gotta say it’s one of 2005’s strongest by far. 

I know we explore your history in detail on the UKGSpin! BioChannel* show, but I’d like to touch on a few points that we didn’t cover in the audio interview, particularly as far as the album goes.

It’s different from the usual ‘Black’ Gospel album in that it’s quite introspective, but despite that, it’s accessible and has range and depth…

  • LAIN: It was written over quite a long period of time.  I’ve been through many experiences, and shared these with the people I’d been working with. 
  • And I didn’t write it as a ‘black gospel’ album.  I wrote it as a man of faith writing about every aspect of his life and beliefs.

Yinka: and in many ways it also has elements of the kind of uplifting message that ‘Battle‘ had.

While most people probably won’t recognise you as an artist, almost everyone remembers Wookie‘s ‘Battle‘ as this HUGE Top Ten Garage tune from 2000, but won’t realise you were the voice AND pen behind the song…

  • It often happens that way, that you love a song and find out years later who it was by
  • I was talking to a friend recently about a song I did with Nu Colours and he didn’t know that I had done the track he used to rave to!

And l imagine even fewer people realised ‘Battle’ was a Christian song in the first place…

  • I remember when these major labels were trying to sign the single, and about 3 weeks into their bidding one of the guys rang up in total amazement saying ‘that … tune it’s like … a gospel tune!!
  • A lot of people raved first, then listened later.  I found that to be a common trend.

Anyway there’s more on that in the audio interview*, so I’ll leave it there. 

Let’s do this. I give you the track name and you tell me the story behind it…

TRACK: PEACEFUL WATERS (One of my favourites)

  • STORY: written with a friend of mine Mike McEvoy, this song is about an ever-shrinking world of hustle and bustle, where everything is instant
  • Importance is placed on things that are meaningless…

TRACK: BOTTLE

  • STORY: When I first started visiting London I was amazed at seeing so many homeless people on the streets. It seemed to be normal to everyone walking past them
  • It kind of stuck out in my mind… 

TRACK: IF ONLY

  • STORY: As a young guy you think you know it all, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. I guess you live and learn 

TRACK: EVERY MORNING (Another one of my favourites)

TRACK: 3RD NIGHT (LOVE this one too!)

  • STORY: When Mike Storey played the melody to me on his piano, the story of the resurrection came to me
  • There was something special about the melody, and whereas Mike thought it was quite sultry, he was a little surprised by the song I came up with, but he did like what I’d done

TRACK: RAINBOW

  • STORY: With Rainbow I was trying to be a little more creative, more poetic with all of those metaphors
  • In the bible it talks about the tree planted by the water, and the vine and the branches, sowing seeds on good ground, stony ground, etc. 
  • This is my version of events pertaining to me

TRACK: BELIEVE

  • STORY: This is my version of a track I did on another project I’m working on called MARSK. 

TRACK: ONE MORE TRY

  • STORY: Any one who has had a loved one pass away will know that life is short, and so we should do and say those important things while we can, before it’s too late.

TRACK: FREE

  • STORY: Both myself and Gerard Saunders were working with a trainee sound engineer who seemed to constantly find trouble wherever he went. 
  • On this occasion he had to go before the magistrates court – I just wrote from his point of view, trying to get away from his situation…

TRACK: ONLY LOVE

TRACK: WHAT I’M FEELING

  • STORY: Dobie (Tony Campbell) is the original Soul II Soul beat master. This is the live version of our collaboration

TRACK: ANGRY 

  • STORY: I felt quite strongly about what happened in Iraq, war first questions later
  • How we react in anger isn’t the same as when we take a moment to calm down and think rationally about how to respond to a given situation

TRACK: GOOD DAY

  • STORY: This is just a feel good track. If you tell yourself you’re gonna have a good day, you will…

TRACK: ONE MORE TRY

  • STORY: Anyone who has had a love one pass away will know first hand that life is very short, and so we should do and say those important things while we can, before it’s too late.

TRACK: BREAK MY HEART

  • STORY: Very similar theme to One More Try, but this is specifically aimed at finding love and the bravery behind putting ones self out there.
  • There’s a risk of heartbreak, but if nothing is said, you could lose out on the love of your life. Just sayin!!

BROTHER SOUL comes recommended.  Highly recommended. 

The project will still sound quite fresh quite a few years from now, and is another example of why UK gospel music has a tremendous future. 

Get yourself a copy in UKG Shop**, and check out LAIN’s website.  All the relevant links are below…

  • Notes
  • *UKGSpin! was an experimental audio project (think of it as UKGospel.com’s in-house radio station), that I never really launched
  • It was supposed to have themed channels, dedicated to specific genres
  • As you can probably guess, the BioChannel was the Biography channel, dedicated to profile interviews in a format that we would now consider podcasts
  • You can listen to the UKGSpin! promo here
  • **UKGShop was the online store, retailing CDs and DVDs

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I have very few regrets. *This* is one of them…

I have a small tear of sadness in my eye and a fair bit of heaviness in my soul.

 

Just found a demo for a UKGospel.com spin-off radio project called ‘UKG Spin!’, that I did back in something like 2003/2004.

This was YEARS before podcasts were a thing (and before I was even on radio).UKGSpin! 1

I’d created stings and idents, spoken to some of the UK Gospel artists that were exciting me at the time, and they were gracious enough to do ‘drops’ for me.

It showcased what the station could sound like: music, talk shows, comedy and a bit of a street vibe. I put A LOT of work into it, recorded, mixed and completed it.

Shelved

And then – like many of the ideas I have – I just shelved it.

Why? For no reason other than the fact than I have more project ideas that I have the capacity to complete.

I’m listening to it now, dreaming of what could have been, and feeling a bit sorry for myself.

I’m sad, but I won’t end this on a sombre note.

Thank you to everyone that contributed. Many have gone on to do other things outside of Gospel, many aren’t recording any more, and some are still going.

This isn’t the end..?

I’ll celebrate what I did back then, what we had back then, and put this out now. Who knows, maybe this isn’t the end.

I’m trying to remember everyone, but I KNOW I’m going to miss a few people out (let me know in the comments if you spot any, and I’ll add them in an edit).

Thank you Bazil, Isaiah-Raymond, Janine, Gillian, Chris Gordon, Lisa, Dave, Leslie Ayoola, Shabazz, Chenoa, Byron, Spanna, Dee Moore, Nadine, ‘Kenz’, Jahaziel, Nu Starr, Simone, Nicholle, Ernest, AdLiberty, Judah, Em Cee, AFG Nexus, James ‘El Nino’ Freeman, Daniel Juba, Charles Deji Juba, Adetola TJ Juba, Vidal V-legend Juba, the AFG Nexus squad (including, but not limited to Daniel Serene, G Wood and Obed Elena), Dr-Watchman Williams, Neresa Maye, Sammy Blanks, Anwar S. (I think you did the T.Dot hook-up), Nathan Prime, Natalie Pearl, Stephen George, Witness Dis

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