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Martyn Young explains exactly why Roses Gabor is going places, following a steady rise to prominence.


: Roses Gabor
Based: London
Listen: ‘Stars
Similar to: Ms Dynamite

Roses Gabor’s voice is instantly recognisable, but perhaps you don’t recognise the name. In the insanely fertile and productive world of UK underground dance music, however, this star’s undoubted talent and boundless potential has been made plain for a very long time.

West Londoner Gabor has featured across a number of prominent electronic artists’ work. Perhaps her first major appearance was providing the hook on Gorillaz ‘Dare’. The relationship forged with Damon Albarn has continued to flourish with Gabor joining Gorillaz on their ‘Plastic Beach’ world tour.

Gabor has also worked with a number of dance producers. She can credit collaborations with the likes of Shy FX, Buraka Som Sistema, J2K and Redlight. By a distance, the best of these is her contribution to SBTRKT’s ‘Pharoahs’. It’s easy to see why so many producers want to work with her: her voice is perfectly malleable and she is able to adapt to almost any sound or style - whether it’s the hard edged electro bass rumble of Redlight’s ‘Stupid’ or the manically intense two-step of Swindle’s ‘Spend Is Dough’, Roses Gabor always provides a show stealing turn.

After so many years collaborating and providing guest vocals, Roses Gabor is now setting out as a solo artist. Her first solo single is a perfect example of the breadth of her talent. ‘Stars’ is produced by Redlight and he provides a lovely off-kilter beat that allows Gabor’s voice, pristine and poised, to glide effortlessly over the top. It is classy pop with an edge.

Roses Gabor is far more than your typical generic female guest vocalist. Much like Katy B and Jessie Ware who have followed a similar path, Gabor is steeped in club culture and has an awareness of the importance of dance music and all of its transcendent qualities. Her mesh of influences gives her music rather more of an idiosyncratic bent and marks her out as an artist who cannot possibly be pigeonholed.

A further example of her ability to ride the wave of contemporary UK dance music’s disparate sounds can be heard on her mixtape ‘The Wonderful World Of Roses Gabor Vol 1’ (stream below). It makes for an intriguing introduction into her oeuvre. Mixed by Martelo it features Gabor dropping vocals over a collection of influential sounds with hip-hop and grime featuring strongly.

2013 promises to be the year that Roses Gabor finally breaks through in her own right. ‘Stars’ is released on Toddla T’s Girls Music label in November and it promises to be a small taster for what is to come. Roses Gabor could possibly be UK dance music’s next superstar.

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