11 May 2012

MusicMafia presents... Cat Torres

Cat Torres

Introducing Australian singer Cat Torres

Somewhere in the back of a nightclub, amidst the late-night haze and hoods, is where you’ll find the sound of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Cat Torres. 
As much about tell-it-like-it-is (with two fingers) attitude as she is the soulfulness of girl-next-door urban, garage and dub beats and rhythms, Cat Torres is every bit a new-gen Australian performer, her talent already seeing her travel the world to work with both underground and renowned producers and songwriters, from London to L.A. and Miami.
The daughter of Colombian and Uruguayan immigrants and the middle child of three girls (“the problem child,” she says with a laugh, Torres spent her early years listening to the Latina and old American greats coming from the family stereo.
Hook-ups with beat-makers like The Presets’ Julian Hamilton and up-and-coming London-based producer Jaz Rogers (Daniel Merriweather, Lauryn Hill) who worked on debut single, ‘Kitchen On Fire,’ saw Torres adding club-room grit to her melodic swagger. 
Kitchen On Fire takes the grime and dub sounds of East London’s backstreets and gives them a kick of irreverent lyrics and a last-train-home Spanish guitar interlude. UK tastemaker Zane Lowe got his hands on a demo of the track and gave it a spin on Radio 1, introducing Torres to London and garnering her an invite to play at the famed yOyO night at Notting Hill Arts Club, former residents of which include Mark Ronson and Lily Allen. The song was also bought to the attention of Phil Tan (Rihanna, Pharell Williams) in Atlanta who ended up mixing the track in his home studio.
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