London (July 31, 2006)–Production duo Future Cut recorded and mixed most of Lily Allen’s new album on SSL consoles. The album, Alright, Still, was released this month and is destined to follow her No. 1 first single, “Smile,” up the UK charts. It was recorded in a variety of different studios in London and Manchester and mixed at Townhouse Studios using an SSL G Series console.
Future Cut Partners Tunde & Darren Lewis”As Lily’s style of music is heavily influenced by hip-hop, we knew that the SSL sound would work really well for her, so we deliberately chose studios that were equipped with SSL consoles,” said Future Cut’s Darren Lewis. “A number of acoustic tracks were recorded at The Premises in London, which has an SSL AWS 900 analogue workstation. We chose this facility because we needed to work fast and wanted a DAW control console that still gave us great analogue sound. The AWS 900 was perfect and we were really pleased with the results of those sessions.”
Lewis and his production partner, Tunde, have been working with Lily Allen since 2004 after being introduced by her manager, George Lamb.
“George knew our work from our days in Uncut when we were signed to Warners,” Lewis added. “He thought our sound would suit Lily’s voice, so he put her on a train to Manchester and a few hours later we were in the studio writing and recording Smile. After that, we kept working together–first in Manchester and later in London, which is where we are now based. We have a small private studio in Finsbury Park and quite a lot of her album was written there using Logic and Pro Tools.”
It took two years for “Smile” to hit the charts, during which time 21-year-old Allen, daughter of the comedian Keith Allen, built a fan base on the Internet, primarily through MySpace.com. The success of this approach culminated in a record deal and a No. 13 chart entry for “Smile” on download sales alone. A week later she was riding high at No. 1, after pushing Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” into second place.
Future Cut is now working on another album project, with artist Connor Reeves. They are also collaborating with a variety of other artists.
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