UK charity Bottletop is proud to announce the release of the new single from their star-studded musical collective The Bottletop Band. ‘One In a Million’ featuring Eliza Doolittle (June 27) is the second track to be released from their upcoming debut album Dream Service (August 8 2011).
The release follows 2010’s hugely successful free download ‘Fall of Rome’, featuring the talents of Carl Barat, Drew McConnell and Andy Nicholson.
‘One in a Million’ is every inch the eclectic fusion you’d expect of an international collaboration recorded across studio sessions in London, Brazil and America. Eliza Doolittle’s mellow vocals slide across an elastic bassline, and neo-Tropicalia organ fills permeate a groove as taunt as it is hazy. As with the entirety of Dream Service, the single is mixed by Mario Caldato Junior – the man known as the fourth Beastie Boy, having produced most of the group’s back catalogue – who has spearheaded the Bottletop Band project.
The Bottletop Band is a cross-pollination of the sounds and stars of Brazilian music with a host of like-minded British musicians. As such, artists involved in the record include the likes of Carl Barât, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Money Mark, VV Brown, Babyshambles, Sam Sparro, Fink, Reverend and The Makers, Eliza Doolittle and Tim Burgess. All have worked with a range of Brazil’s finest musicians and producers over a two year period between London, Rio and LA.
The Bottletop charity supports grass roots education projects, empowering young people to take control of their lives. It supports initiatives in Brazil, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique and the UK, addressing key issues such as sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse and gender equality. Bottletop also designs and produces ethically sourced and environmentally friendly fashion products, generating employment in Salvador, Brazil, where they produce products which are retailed across Europe. Well-known fans of Bottletop accessories include Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox and Rachel Weisz.
The Bottletop Band is a means of raising funds and awareness through credible musical collaborations. Dream Service will be preceded by ‘One in a Million’ (June 27) and also ‘Be Together’, featuring Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, which will be released on July 24. The album will launch with the exclusive Bottletop Festival at Selfridges Oxford Street store on June 30th, set to include live in-store performances from the collaborating artists. This event will be followed by two afternoons of live music programmed specially by Bottletop on the subsequent Saturdays of 9th & 16th July.
The Bottletop Band isn’t Bottletop’s first musical endeavour – it follows the hugely successful Sound Affects album series. The first release, Africa comprised of rare afrobeat remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Quantic amongst others. The follow-up Brazil includes exclusive remixes by Fatboy Slim and Jazzanova, garnering praise from The Independent and Michael Eavis.
With a limited edition Bottletop Band guitar strap and t-shirt set to accompany the album, the band themselves are planning to take the album into the live arena. Expect some familiar faces.
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