TĀLĀ, photography Tom Rowland
'On Top'

With Brazilian samba-like beats and clubby production brushing up against sensual lyrics, TĀLĀ’s ‘On Top’ perfectly reflects her idiosyncratic fusion of Western dance music and global influences.

This fusion is the product of her multicultural South West London upbringing: TĀLĀ’s childhood was soundtracked by Timbaland, Prince, and UKG, as well as pop and Iranian music from her parents.

These formed the basis for the melting pot sound she’s created as a producer and vocalist, which she showcased in style at September’s Clash Live @ Metropolis. Check out the stunning visuals from her performance to get a flavour of the evening.

In amongst the voluptuous lyrics of ‘On Top’, TĀLĀ sings:Whisper in your ear, habibi” – letting her Persian roots shine through alongside her sensuality.  

The track was co-produced with Beat Butcha, who’s worked with the likes of Jehst, Schoolboy Q, Xzibit, Big Boi of Outkast, and the late Mac Miller, speaking to the crossover of dance, pop and hip-hop TĀLĀ uses to create her sound.

Tune in to hear it now.

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Go behind the scenes on the recording process...

Austrian microphone manufacturer LEWITT supply high-quality recording and performance microphones for the Clash Live @ Metropolis series. All tracks recorded at the shows utilise LEWITT equipment which are in turn mixed by Metropolis Studios for everybody’s listening pleasure.

Also shout out the good folks at Turbosound, Midas Consoles, LabGruppen and all the Metropolis Studios crew who put heart and soul into hosting the best monthly recorded live session in town!

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Photo Credit: Tom Rowland

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