UK producer Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) is getting ready to kick off a short tour across North America in support of his second album, Watch Me Dance. The six-date trek will take him across the US, including stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Canada with shows in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
If you fancy a dubwise, street-soul affair check this one out. The album features an impressive lineup of friends, peers and musical icons contributing guest vocal, co-production, remix and co-write with him on the album. Names include previous collaborator Roots Manuva, fellow DJ, producer and remixer Skream, Ms. Dynamite, Ross Orton, Wayne Marshall, Donaeo, Roisin Murphy and Shola Ama, who appears on “Take It Back,” the first offering from the album. The album’s title track “Watch Me Dance” with Roots Manuva is also now available as a digital single and 12” vinyl.
For non US types, prior to heading stateside, Toddla T has teamed up with UK’s Drop Dead Clothing for a special edition pop-up shop event August 26 at the Drop Dead store on Carnaby Street in London. Toddla himself will perform an in-store DJ set.
This is all happening from his recent collaboration with Drop Dead Clothing (founded by Oli Sykes, a fellow Sheffieldian and frontman for Bring Me the Horizon).
When the store gig is over, he’ll host an exclusive Toddla T & Friends album launch event in London’s Corsica Studios. For the event, Toddla has enlisted some fellow cohorts from Watch Me Dance and others to help get the party started, including Roots Manuva, Ricky Ranking, Zed Bias, Shola Ama, Joe 'Hot Chip' Goddard and Raf Daddy as The 2 Bears, Martelo, Terri Walker and Photomachine. Sounds like a party.
It’s only been a few years since his debut album Skanky Skanky was released (January 2009). Since then he’s done a Fabric live mix album and has gotten a lot of requests for his production skills with everyone from Major Lazer to Grandmaster Flash hitting him up. If you’re not familiar with him, check any of the slew of remixes under his belt (Hot Chip, Gyptian, Gorillaz, Major Lazer) and his recently launched Girls Music Label imprint which, after only a handful of releases, has already featured productions by British dance music heroes Sticky, Seiji and Roska. He also is the host of BBC Radio 1’s weekly radio show “In New DJs We Trust.” Guy has some steam…
"Watch Me Dance"
"Take It Back"