Posted in Press Releases on 08 January 2014
Officially one of 2014's hottest new prospects, London based singer/songwriter Kwabs will release his debut EP - Wrong Or Right on Feb 3 via Atlantic Records. It will feature a brand new track with the same name produced by SOHN, The EP also includes songs - Spirit Fade, Last Stand and a Ben Pearce remix of 'Wrong or Right'.
Shortlisted by MTV for their hotly contested 'Brand New for 2014' as well as BBC Radio 1Xtra's 'Hot For 2014', when Kwabs sings, soul pours out in a voice that is richly textured and full of gravitas. It's a deep baritone vocal that rumbles and reverberates becoming an instrument of both power and vulnerability but most of all, that transcends description and which, quite simply, just has to be heard. He brings to the forefront a mix of his African roots with both R&B as well as gospel influences set against a backdrop of electro-synthesized soul. Already, he has captivated audiences at his sell out shows across the capital, including a recent headline at Wilton's - London's oldest music hall and a festival debut this summer playing the main stage at the Lovebox Weekender (Saturday).
Despite being at relatively early stages in his solo career, his growing reputation for an exceptional live performance has already won him praise from the likes of Jessie Ware, India Arie, Laura Mvula, Emeli Sande, Joss Stone and Plan B, the latter he supported on tour the summer of 2012.
Kwabs co-wrote 'Spirit Fade' with Dave Okumu (The Invisible / Jessie Ware) and this went live on his soundcloud gaining 10,000 plays in 24 hours early last year. He has steadily gained a legion of fans since then, including BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJs MistaJam, DJ Target, CJ Beatz, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens who came on board as early champions. He doubled that figure on soundcloud with 'Last Stand', the Vienna-via-London-multi-talented SOHN produced track that placed him inside the Top 10 most blogged artist (worldwide) on Hype Machine just 24 hours after it went live.
Kwabs' debut album is scheduled for release on Atlantic Records later this year.