Children Of Zeus - Travel LightFirst Word
Tyler Daley and Konny Kon, better known as Children Of Zeus have been in the game for two decades. Daley appeared under the moniker Hoodman and Kon appearing in a number of groups as a DJ, beatmaker and MC. They first met in 2005 and soon after released three critically acclaimed singles and an EP on First Word records. Their impressive full length debut features an array of talented artists emerging from the burgeoning soul scene in Manchester. "Travel Light" is drenched in laidback rhodes driven hip hop soul and the results are deeply satisfying. Daley's smooth tenor vocals are a complement to Kon's hard hitting rhymnes. On "The Story So Far" Konny and Mc Mstr1 trade bars over a soulful hip hop inspired neck snapping drum beat. "The Heart Beat" is mellowed out 70s soul well suited for Daley's vocals and Kon's poignant verses. Up and coming vocalist LayFullStop lays down blissful vocals on "Fear Of A Flat Planet" and "Hard Work" is dub style lovers rock. Each of these thirteen tracks pack a punch and will be worthy of repeated listens. This is a very strong debut and certainly of the best lps of the year.
Reg Dancy, 09/18