TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING ‘SURFACE’ EP, KALEEM TAYLOR ALSO ANNOUNCES A EUROPEAN LIVE TOUR, INCLUDING UK DATES
KALEEM TAYLOR – ‘NOT ALONE’
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
“been a fan for number of years, keeps dropping great music, sounding real big” DJ Target – 1Xtra
“what an awesome voice… i know you guys are gonna love it” Ace – 1Xtra
“Kaleem Taylor oozing silky soul and bags of charisma” – Complex
“Kaleem Taylor is making music that can only be described as “delicious” – Wonderland
“his effortlessly controlled delivery masks the often rough-hewn personal nature of his lyricism” – CLASH
“a gorgeous, erudite and raw sound” – London In Stereo
Futuristic R&B vocalist Kaleem Taylor drops a new track ‘Not Alone’ (Video January 25th), taken from his forthcoming new ‘Surface’ EP due late March (A4ward Records). His seductive charm and brooding swagger are balanced with a rawness in his vocals and honest lyricism, underpinned by the brittle electronic tones produced by The Code.
Kaleem Taylor has been quietly carving out a following for his minimal 3am Soul. Having initially made a name with his emotive and glitchy neo-soul, a feature on Tchami’s global hit ‘Promesses’ (released on A-Trak’s label Fool’s Gold) took his voice around the world. Having had his horizons broadened by the success of the collaboration, the Hertfordshire vocalist went on to work with boundary-pushing producers such as Snakehips, Memeb, Shy Luv and The Code, as well as sharing stages with the likes of Miguel.
Kaleem signed to independent label A4ward off the back of his last project, ‘Version’ released in 2017, a project that he sees as somewhat pivotal for his artistic progress. He created the record at a time when he felt he was becoming more recognised for his songwriting in the electronic and house-fields, “I love those songs but I didn’t necessarily want to be known for them. I wanted to be an artist in my own right and I didn’t want to get too stuck.” After releasing the project inspired by his own ideas and direction – and the help of some friends – it received a reassuring reception and things began to move for Kaleem. Cut back to present day and Kaleem has steadily built up a fanbase, been able to travel with his music and has an exciting collection of new music to share.
His forthcoming EP ‘Surface’ will be an exercise in introspection, exploring his own behaviours and utilising the power of hindsight. On first track ‘Not Alone’, Taylor tackles communication issues in a relationship. Set over bubbling synths, the lyrics depict the frantic stream of consciousness of someone struggling to talk. Inspired by relationships where you’re afraid to appear weak or vulnerable, the track is a mantra of encouragement to confide in those around you.
Kaleem Taylor is also embarking on European Tour this February kicking off with three dates in the UK. After last years “gorgeous, erudite and raw sound” (London In Stereo)” expect an emotive performance on his forthcoming live tour. Full dates below.
Kaleem Taylor – European/UK Live Tour Dates:
12 February – Yes – Manchester, UK
13 February – Hy Brasil Music Club – Bristol, UK
14 February – XOYO – London, UK
15 February – Le Pop-Up du Label – Paris, France
16 February – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
17 February – Feierwerk / Hansa 39 – Munich, Germany
18 February – Musik & Frieden – Berlin, Germany
19 February – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
21 February – Mojo Club – Hamburg, Germany
24 February – Melkweg Upstairs – Amsterdam, Netherlands