West London born and raised Scarlett O’Malley has become a highly praised purveyor of soul-infused sounds in recent years through her contributions to the music industry as a DJ, radio presenter on the likes of Rinse, NTS, Balamii and the BBC, podcaster, journalist and voiceover artist. Here though, we see O’Malley’s production career come into focus as she joins the roster of the prestigious Kerri Chandler’s helmed Kaoz Theory imprint.
Leading the way is ‘Say Yes To The Groove’ which sees Scarlett lay down a classic Hammond organ hook line, snaking pads, hooky vocals and fluttering sax licks atop a shuffled drum groove. ‘Calling Fools Gold’ then edges into rawer territory with a bouncy stab led synth grooves, dubbed out vocal chants and and airy pad swells intertwined with a gritty, saturated rhythm.
‘Scorpio Swinger’ then embraces a UK bruk aesthetic with up-tempo, choppy breaks, bubbling arpeggio lines, soft chord sequences and an amalgamation of vocal lines. ‘Eyes Wide’ then rounds out the release, employing classic house tropes through the merging of strings, brass licks, sirens, delayed diva vocals and robust drum workout.