Last week we journeyed through Ruth Royall, our Artist of the Month’s career from a sessions and Jazz singer in London, to her debut in Drum & Bass, her Paper Dragon band and her #KeepItReal campaign.
In just under 3 years, Ruth Royall has had releases on Hospital Records, Shogun Audio, 31 Records, Spearhead Records, Soulvent Records, amongst other DnB label giants. The bare minimum quality required for an artist on these rosters is no less than outstanding, and she has delivered spectacularly on every label that she’s had releases on.
All set to have another colossal year, Ruth Royall is now one of the most important artists in the genre and ahead of her much anticipated release, we are picking some of her tunes that have mesmerized us all these years with her euphoric and profound vocals.
MOLLIE COLLINS & RUTH ROYALL – REMEDIES
We couldn’t not start with this one! ‘Remedies’ is a track that so many of us connect with in so many ways. The tune was released during a time when the world was ravaged by one of the worst crises in recent history. ‘Remedies’ was a tune that some used to heal, some used to grieve, while some used to get away from the despair. Ruth Royall, with her delicate vocals, with Mollie Collins’ production work, delivered one of the best tunes of 2021 in our opinion. It’s a tune that has already stamped its presence in the book of the genre’s best tunes.
RUTH ROYALL FT. MAKOTO – NEW LOVE
While ‘Remedies’ healed, ‘New Love’ came with heaps of zeal. Part of her ‘Colours’ EP on Soulvent Records, Ruth Royall teamed up with Japanese Drum & Bass legend Makoto for a tune that brought her resounding style of vocal delivery to the fore. The EP also featured tunes from Mitekiss and Blacklab. But for its bubbly rhythms and optimism that ‘New Love’ dispensed, it became our favorite tune from the EP and the next Ruth Royall tune that stole our hearts.
GRAFIX – REFUGE (FT. RUTH ROYALL)
Anyone who has followed Ruth Royall’s music would argue why not ‘Zephyr’? But hear us out. ‘Refuge’ came after Ruth Royall’s tour with the celebrated duo Fred V & Grafix, who sadly split after the tour to pursue their solo projects, leaving the entire scene in sadness. This tune came and brought the smile back on our faces. While it did take us back to the classic Fred V & Grafix sound, it had a modern and invigorating element to it, and that was Ruth Royall.
While ‘Zephyr’ is an equally solid tune, we picked ‘Refuge’ because it was Ruth Royall’s first tune as a Drum & Bass artist but it never really felt like it is her first because that was the level of depth and emotion in her vocals.
D*MINDS – GIVE IN TO ME (FT. RUTH ROYALL)
Next in the list of our favourite Ruth Royall tunes is her work with D*Minds on Doc Scott’s legendary 31 Records. Until this release, we imagined Ruth Royall as an artist who specializes in the delicate side of Drum & Bass but with this tune, she flipped the coin with her vocals on a track that hovers around the heavy and punchier side of the genre and it also exhibited her ability to deliver on both the bright and the murky side of Drum & Bass.
POLA & BRYSON FT. RUTH ROYALL – RUNNING IN THE DARK
Next one in our picks of Ruth Royall’s best tunes is her collaboration with Pola & Bryson on Shogun Audio. One of her earliest tunes as a Drum & Bass artist, but ‘Running In The Dark’ didn’t feel like it was her second release. Pola & Bryson’s progressive and blissful style of productions blended seamlessly with Ruth Royall’s graceful sounds and the result was an absolute masterpiece.
RUCKSPIN – PORCELAIN (FEAT. RUTH ROYALL)
‘Porcelain’ is a track that exemplifies Ruth Royall’s ability of switching styles with ease. Ruckspin’s hyperclean drum work that blends the old school and new school style of Drum & Bass lays seamlessly under Ruth Royall’s lush vocals. It’s also a tune that in our opinion sits high up in Soulvent Records’ best releases.
MERIDIAN B – NO TIME FOR THAT FEAT. RUTH ROYALL
Last one in Ruth Royall’s best tunes is her is her Nu-Disco adventure with Meridian B. ‘No Time For That’s drum machines, sharp synth lines & shimmering arps receive an air of defiance with Ruth Royall’s hypnotic vocal hooks.
Next week, we will list some of our favourites from her band Paper Dragon’s discography, but until then, HERE is Ruth Royall’s magnificent catalogue in all its might. Enjoy!