Kirsty Hawkshaw

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Fans of "The ADHD Revolution" will know Kirsty Hawkshaw by her voice on ADHF09b, where her vocals deliver the message behind the song "Just Be" with Tiesto. Millions of fans know her best by her voice, as she's lent her vocals to many well-known songs. To name just a few: bt's "Dreaming", Opus III's "It's a Fine Day" and "Stealth".

I recently found myself obsessed (yet again) with another song that featured Kirsty on vocals--"Whisper" by Slovo. It caught me off guard, as I've become adapted to her voice mixed into electronica tracks. The raw edge to her voice as well as the non-processed sounds from the instruments have stayed with me. Slovo is primarily an indie acoustic group, not electronic. With the work Kirsty's done outside of electronica, I personally should've seen a collaboration like this coming.

Kirsty Hawkshaw has well over 50 collaborations to her name. It's possible that the actual number is twice that. Her voice is unmistakable to anyone who has obsessed over even two songs she's worked on. Outside of vocals, she has created an ambient release called "The Ice Castle" and created a now legendary persona on the virtual environment Second Life. Anyone who grew up in the rave scenes of the 90s or helped form that environment will recognize her voice in a heartbeat. She may as well have defined the era.

Treat your ears to a listen...

"Blackout" by Hybrid and Kirsty Hawkshaw (Live on BBC)

"Sci-Clone" by Mark Pritchard and Kirsty Hawkshaw

"SOLITARY" by Kirsty Hawkshaw

Note: This is Kirsty on the production side of things instead of behind the mic. Her album "The Ice Castle" shows an almost Japanese level of patience and detail to the production and brings in her voice only rarely as a textural addition to a song. While initially unexpected, the album has only grown on me over time. The best part of "SOLITARY", at least for me, is easily in the middle where the sounds begin an almost music-box style dance. Bittersweet yet playful.

"This Is Your Life" by Kirsty Hawkshaw (Banderas Cover)

From my own library, here's some suggested listening:

Tiesto + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Battleship Grey
bt + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Dreaming
Kirsty Hawkshaw - Sunday Morning
Kirsty Hawkshaw - Smile (Podcast Version)
Kirsty Hawkshaw - Fine Day (Frakkar Mix)
Slovo + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Killing Me (BBC Live 2003)
Silent Poets + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Where the Sidewalk Ends
Slovo + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Whisper
Slovo + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Whisper (Last Chance Mix)
Kirsty Hawkshaw - Beautiful Danger
Kirsty Hawkshaw + Tenishia - Outsiders (Jose Amnesia Remix)
Hybrid + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Blackout
Hybrid + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Just for Today
Orbital - Halcyon & On & On
Delerium + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Fleeting Instant
Tiesto + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Walking on Clouds
bt + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Dreaming (Tiesto Mix)

Purchase, Listen, Download:
- (album) On Ultimate Things [discontinued?]
- (album) Meta Message [Amazon] [iTunes Store]
- (album) The Ice Castle [Amazon]
- (podcast) Liner Notes [note: last update = 2010.01.09]
- (podcast) Kirsty Hawkshaw Official Podcast [note: outdated]
- (singles) Amazon Singles Search
- (singles) iTunes Store Singles Search

- [2010.07.24] - Received notification from ATX Underground that Kirsty has hit SoundCloud, has returned to SecondLife and has a new site underway. WOW! Huge entry updates, adding SoundCloud players and links to her Facebook and SoundCloud. Removed apology note and replaced with audio player section.
- [2010.03.21] - Removed dead iMeme player and corresponding links. Added apology note. Updated layout.
- [2009.03.28] - Image migration; removed dead audio player and embedded new iMeem audio player; site-links prioritized; grammar updates; sells re-write; changed "DJ Tiesto" to "Tiesto" per his current moniker; added suggestions: Kirsty Hawkshaw - Sunday Morning, Kirsty Hawkshaw - Smile (Podcast Version), Kirsty Hawkshaw - Fine Day (Frakkar Mix), Slovo + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Whisper (Last Chance Mix), Kirsty Hawkshaw + Tenishia - Outsiders (Jose Amnesia Remix), Orbital - Halcyon & On & On; removed suggestions: bt + Hybrid + Kirsty Hawkshaw + Jan Johnston - Running Down the Way Up, The Chameleon + Kirsty Hawkshaw + Isla - Close Your Eyes & Listen, Clashing Egos + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Don't Sleep Tonight, Digitonal + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Maris Stella, Doi-Oing + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Blue, Doolally + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Straight from the Heart (Tuff Jam Remix), Drum Club + Kirsty Hawkshaw - The Illuminated (Youth and Greg Hunter Mix), Future Funk Squad + Kirsty Hawkshaw - View To Me, Harmonic 33 + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Underwater Lady, Ian Pooley + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Visions, Ikon + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Calling You, Lange + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Sincere for You, Mike Koglin + Kirsty Hawkshaw - A New Day (Original Mix), Mr. Sam + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Insight (T4L Remix), Pentatonik + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Last One and the First, Pentatonik + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Love Is a Rose, Pole Folder + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Faith in Me, Scuba + Kirsty Hawkshaw + Stephen Holweck - Deep Blue Sea, Sleepthief + Kirsty Hawkshaw - The Chauffeur, Solar Quest + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Awaken Kundalini, Solar Quest + Kirsty Hawkshaw - The Belle of Atlantis, Stereo People + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Stereo (Global Communications Remix), Swayzak + Kirsty Hawkshaw - State of Grace, Technique + Kirsty Hawkshaw - You + Me, Way Out West + Kirsty Hawkshaw - Stealth (Quivver Mix)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know the Kirsty Hawkshaw Podcast - Liner Notes is now online at
you can subscribe at iTunes ; )