Hip Hop

rkls Debut album

The first release on r2 records nearly 19 years ago was a Hip-Hop track by rappers 50:50 produced by the legendary Marley Marl. R2 has never been about one genre, but it’s taken us a while to get back to some hip-hop/soul on the label. Enter rkls.

D-Malice and Kid Fonque are well-established players in their native cities, both boasting long-term involvement and impressive credentials. After meeting in 2013 and nurturing a very natural and obvious predilection for golden era hip-hop, 90s R’n B, soul and trip hop they decided to pool their creative resources and rope in a wealth of talent from their combined networks under a new moniker. Enter rkls.

On this debut offering the pair have worked with LA’s broken beat visionary Marc De Clive-Lowe, legendary emcees John Robinson and Kev Brown, dazzling new vocal and production talent from South Africa – Sio, Melo B Jones, Daev Martian and White Nite to name but a few.

This diverse list of guests flex their dexterity allowing the album to shift easily between ballads and more up-tempo beats effortlessly. Punctuated with spacey interludes, the resulting twelve tracks glisten with sumptuous textures, swelling harmonies and organic instrumentation. Familiar but fresh, “rkls” feels like you’re meeting an old friend with enthralling new stories to tell.

Formats: LP / Digital.
Release Date: 30th March 2018

Pre-Order album here

Kid Fonque at Grow Hackney With threesixty

Kid Fonque joins us from Johannesburg to celebrate the release of the rkls album “Self Titled”, his debut collab with D-Malice.

Expect jazz / soul / hip hop / beats / broken beat / latin brazil / funk / disco / deep house / bass

With support from:
Jonny Miller (threesixty)
Kyri (R2 Records)
Minnie Dipple (Mi-Soul / Bruk Up)

Free Entry!

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Check their mix here

Grow is a creative space with bar and kitchen located canal side in Hackney Wick serving a range of craft and organic drinks from the bar and a seasonal menu freshly prepared in our canal side kitchen by Slow Fire London.

rkls at Herd

Join Kid Fonque and D-Malice a.k.a. rkls on their first uk gig at D-Malice’s hometown Bedford where they’ll be playing all night and showcasing music from the forthcoming debut album “Self Titled”.

Pre-Order Album here

Check their recent mix below.

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R2 News May 2012

R2 News May 2012

More wonderful news :)…

As the R2 Classics Re-issue series goes into full swing, the Legendary Ramsey Lewis talks to Chris Philips about his classic albums ‘Funky Serenity’, ‘Salongo’ and ‘Sun Goddess’, working with Teo Macero, Maurice White and Charles Stepney, sampling, the digital age and keyboards. He has released over 80 albums in a career spanning over half a century and still going strong. Check out the exclusive r2 podcast here…

• Larry Young’s Fuel re-issue

The third release in the re-issue series is Larry Young’s Fuel. Larry Young was part of the earliest fusion experiments in the late 60’s/early 70’s, playing on Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, recording with Jimi Hendrix and being part of Tony Williams’ groundbreaking “Lifetime” project.

Larry Young’s Fuel” is one of THE essential electric jazz sets of the 70s – and features the classic break cut “Turn Out the Lights” – plus other great tracks. The follow up album “Spaceball” in 1976 takes the fusion of funk, rock, soul, and jazz to new heights.

Both albums became highly collectable “rare grooves” among the UK funk, soul and jazz fans. This package brings both albums together for the first time. Both albums have been digitally re-mastered from the original tapes. Release date: May 15th. Check the whole series here…

• Karizma Collection limited edition

The Karizma Collection limited edition hand sprayed triple vinyl has been flying out. We have the very last few copies here at r2 towers. If you want to order one email us here. info@r2records.com

• United 80 in store

Finally, this Saturday 5th May Kyri R2 will be playing at the wonderful United 80 store in Brixton market 7pm-11pm. The store has some incredible music and fantastic original clothing. We hope to see some of you there.


R2 Fam.