It wasn’t that late. Law Holt was on a bus heading home to Leith in Edinburgh when a crazy woman caught her eye, literally, attacking her with a punch for no other reason than that she was sharing the same space. Several operations later, singing and performing on hold until her sight was pronounced safe and she could head back to the recording studio, Law began making music again. Wanna see/hear it? You can: Spit premiered on DIYmag in June. Her first album, City, will be released in August.
Previous to this, with the release of two EPs (Cowboys & Hustlers/Haters & Gangsters), several tours as support but also as part of the live group with her brothers, Young Fathers, she had established herself as a budding pop-phenomenon, inhabiting simultaneously the shiny pop present and the stained soul of the analogue era.
Originally from Leicester and now with dual citizenship, dividing her time between London and Edinburgh, Law, AKA Lauren, Holt found her voice singing jazz, blues and old R&B, whilst in thrall to the girl group sounds of the new R&B that soundtracked her teens. Blessed with a range from a low moan, via a slight crack, a hustle in the throat, to a sweet, sarcastic treble, Law is an absolute, original proposition, both as a singer and a songwriter which makes writing these biographies and PR descriptions an absolute nightmare.
If only it was enough to say, as Otis Redding might have, that you just ‘gotta gotta gotta get to hear her.’ But it’s not enough. You really do.