artist Abnormal Sleepz has dropped
‘Textures’, the first single release from his hotly anticipated debut album Kaleidoscope,
out 12th August via Amsterdam-based
imprint The North Quarter.
‘Textures’ has been a favourite in Manchester’s
underground for some time now. With long time collaborator HMD on the hook, the track is an undeniably catchy example of
contemporary soul-infused hip-hop – a sneak peak into an honest and
introspective gem that will undoubtedly make Abnormal Sleepz a household name in the UK.
The single also comes
with an official video based around the Windrush era, when lots of people from
the Caribbean emigrated to the UK. The video also illustrates the struggles
felt by Sleepz earlier in his life –
losing his job, losing his way and carrying out illegal activities to get by.
“‘Textures’ is a representation of feelings and thoughts
which highlights the struggle of coming from the underground, working hard to
make the dream work whilst avoiding trouble, the roads and balancing
relationship issues,” he explains. “As independent musicians we simply have no time to be idle. No time
to dwell and be distracted by things that don’t matter, and in turn we express
all this through music, chanting ‘Yeah yeah yeah’ because funnily enough it
makes you feel good. Music is a universal language that connects everyone and
this track does this because one way or another you can relate regardless of
what profession you have.
A multi-talented artist
emerging amongst a new wave of Manchester excellence, Sleepz has been a fixture of the city’s underground scene for some
time now. Real name Reece Samuels,
spitting bars on the playground and recording practice sets at home before
releasing a flurry of mixtapes produced by
He has since spent time
on tour, including performances at the Roundhouse
in London and a sold-out homecoming show at Manchester’s Band on the Wall, while more recently he played at the 2019Manchester International Festival alongside Children of Zeus, DRS
and Eva Bee.
An honest and
introspective single, ‘Textures’ delivers
a taste of what listeners can expect on Kaleidoscope.