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It’s Friday, the sun is shining, Trump is getting the British welcome he deserves and we can finally indulge ourselves in the debut album from Children of Zeus. It has been a very long time coming and any regular visitors to my blog will know the work that the Manchester duo have put in over the years to get to this point. Weighing in at 13 tracks, Travel Light is everything I was anticipating. The MCR family vibe is as strong as ever, with guest spots from LayFullStop, [KSR], Metrodome and DRS, plus further production credits from Juga-Naut, Sebb Bash and Beat Butcha. Their trademark hip hop-soul sound is the most prevalent on the album, but there are elements of reggae and jazz at work too, making Travel Light a highly ambitious album, but one that works incredibly well. You can stream it in full below, with downloads and physicals available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

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In case you hadn’t heard me banging on about it, Children of Zeus release their debut album on Friday after much anticipation from their ever-expanding band of followers and fans. To get us in the mood, this morning saw the release of the latest video from the Manchester duo. All On You features Konny’s old sparring partner, DRS, alongside one of MCR’s many rising stars, [ K S R ]. The video was made by Tarnish Vision. Travel Light is available to pre-order via Bandcamp.

Last week we were finally blessed with a release date for the debut from Children of Zeus, as well as a look at the artwork and tracklist. We were also treated to a brand new single from the duo, the next sliver from the album, which premiered over on Complex.
All On You is a very Manchester affair, with Konny and Tyler being joined by long-term friend and collaborator DRS, as well as rising star, [K S R]. As Konny explained to Complex, “[K S R] is the future of UK soul music, so we got him on the album before we can’t afford him, and D.R.S is the glue that holds the city together so we took myself off and put him on the track instead.”
You can stream All On You below and the album, Travel Light, is available to pre-order now with the release scheduled for 13 July. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been a long time coming, but we are now into the final few weeks before the arrival of the debut album from Children of Zeus. “Highly anticipated” doesn’t even cut it. Yesterday saw the unveiling of the artwork, the tracklist and the chance to pre-order what is undoubtedly going to be one of the most popular releases of the year.
It’s also a release that is going to be the much deserved payoff for the many years that both Konny and Tyler have dedicated to their respective fields, so much so that their fans are as happy as their own kinfolk to see the duo getting so much shine.
Travel Light promises to deliver more of the street soul flavour that has proved so popular since Children of Zeus first formed, as well as some reggae and jazz cuts thrown into the mix. There are features too from LayFullStop, [KSR], DRS and Terri Walker, plus production from Sebb Bash, Juga-Naut and Beat Butcha. The album is available to pre-order now on all formats and you can stream a couple of the tracks below. The official release date is set for 13 July on First Word Records. Read the rest of this entry »

Since the events in Manchester a few weeks ago, the outpourings of love and charity for the city have been inspiring to say the least. Especially with division and hate seeming to be at an all-time high in the UK right now. Up there with the best of them is this new compilation, Manchester With Love.
Featuring over 220 tracks, from Manchester’s musical community, this album does two things – it shows the rich diversity and unity within the various Manchester scenes, plus it also shows that the great city and it’s residents will not be brought down or divided by these horrendous acts. Read the rest of this entry »

Children of Zeus – aka Tyler Daley and Konny Kon – have spent the last couple of years releasing a smooth blend of rap and soul. In the process they have scored a whole new batch of fans, plenty of critical acclaim and some crazy live shows – including a set in the infamous Boiler Room. I got the chance to speak with both Tyler and Konny about why they started making music together, their influences and the possibility of hearing a full album from them. Read the rest of this entry »

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I first heard Konny Kon on the Microdisiacs track Time You Knew, back in 2001. In fact him and Cappo were two of the first MCs I heard rapping with regional accents, which changed a lot for me. Since then I’ve seen him survive in a scene saturated with MCs, until he found a new direction a few years ago with Children of Zeus. I spoke with him about a few things, including the early days, how Children of Zeus came to be and why the Manchester scene is so strong. Read the rest of this entry »