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

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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”.

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Check their recent mix below.

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Piscean Group & Artists As Tutors

Piscean Group recorded “Ferguson, Amurikah” in the aftermath of events in Ferguson, Missouri 2014.

The full length version is available exclusively here

All proceeds from this track will be donated to Artists As Tutors, an organisation helping young students in the Ferguson – Florissant school district, providing supplemental education assistance as well as sharing skills in music, visual art, creative writing and theatre.

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Piscean Group “Saint Louis Strut” Out Now!

The mysterious Piscean Group return with a ridiculously funky 7″, “Saint Louis Strut”.

Piscean Group originally formed as part of an astrological union founding members and initial line up Sir Robert & Osunlade share. Since its conception, Osunlade has created an open coalition of musicians from his childhood home St Louis. As an open forum, the group has no real members and is a voice for all writers, musicians and performers alike. The non-credit of participants gives the groups identity a backseat to the sheer pleasure of the music.

Their self titled debut e.p. released on R2 Records was an intro of sorts to the group’s intention. With their first full length project the approach is that of a soundtrack. With an open landscape and no actual movie to score, the group’s imagination was allowed to go from soft to hard groove, and throw in a few cameo performances from Osunlade and rising LA pianist Daniel Crawford.

This limited 7” contains the irrepressible funk swagger of “Saint Louis Strut”– swinging harder than a drunk at a barroom brawl with the tightest of grooves.

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“Ferguson, Amurikah” on the b-side is a throbbing funk burner, bearing witness to events and contemplating the future. This track will be exclusive to this 7”.

 “Saint Louis Strut” taken from the forthcoming album “Original Soundtrack”

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