"Love Your Voice. Can’t wait to hear your new album!” Andreya Triana
“Having your band open for us, was like having the biggest headliner. You guys rock” Frank McComb
“Koleva tone is so smooth. You can feel the intimacy and you want to listen more!” Richard Bona
“Amazing album!” Mark Ronson
Ruth Koleva has certainly upped her game on this album, assuming full control of her career and enlisting a diverse array of talent: keyboardist and composer Vincent Helbers (Seravince, Flowriders), an alchemist in the studio, drummer Richard Spaven
(Jose James, Guru, Flying Lotus), co-writers Colonel Red, Rachel Row and Diggs Duke, Stamina MC and vocalist Sharlene Hector among others.
Recorded at breakneck speed, working around the busy schedules of those involved, this fluid album is going to charm a lot listeners. It's also an important mark in the evolution of Ruth Koleva. The moment when a national treasure becomes a successful international artist.
“[R U T H] is already threatening to take a position on my Top 10 albums of 2014 list and it's only February” – Duane Powell
“Lovin’ This! Not what I was expecting. Interesting and different” – Mario Chrisostomou BFBS Radio
When you think of music, Bulgaria is not the first place that comes to mind. But it definitely got soul and Ruth Koleva is leading the pack. Born into the hardship of post-Communist Eastern Europe, she quickly developed into a rounded artist. There were multiple excursions into local scenes, a stint at the Hollywood Pop Academy… Then came her debut album. RUTH scooped the top prize at the BG Radio Awards in 2014. Hit-making producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga) called it “amazing”.
Koleva has since become a national treasure. She’s shared the stage with legends including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, wooed kindred spirits like N’Dambi and performed two sold-out concerts at Bulgaria Hall with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
The power of her music is subtle yet absorbing, rewarding those who spend time with it. She is also very versatile and has collaborated on remixes with the cream of the global underground including Kaidi Tatham, DJ Spinna, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Eric Lau, Opolopo and Shuya Okino.