Cracking album from a fabulous joint venture team. Jaunty hiphop- downbeat-soul gems, perfectly balanced between phat beats, soulful melodies, strong lyrics and noisy overtones.
Inkswel & Colonel Red started out writing together more than decade ago & over the time have developed quite a unique sound when recording together,..a chemistry that blends music melody & lyric into every verse chorus & hook. So when Inkswel approached Colonel Red to create the 'Holders of the Sun' album, Redz response was to move his hectic schedule around & start immediately. Inkswel dropped the beats Colonel Red dropped the vocals & some fine musical tuning & 'Holders Of The Sun' Vol1 was born....while they promise a Vol. 2.
The fantastic artwork comes from Our Machine, Netherlands, who designed a lot of sleeves for Kindred Spirit, Tom Trago, Versatile, Build An Arc and m.o.
Watch out for the video of “Make Me Crazy” and stunning remixes by Moodymann, Potatohead People, Moodorama.
Colonel Red is a groundbreaking soul singer, musician, producer and performer, often referred to as one of the most powerful voices in the UK soul music community, a champion in equal parts of the original Broken Beat scene, as well as the UK soul scene. Working with and writing for the likes of Teddy Pendergrass, Amp Fiddler, Maurice White, Bugz In The Attic,Tony Allen and countless others. His track 'Believe In Me' was awarded the WORLDWIDE award from Gilles Peterson in 2014. Colonel Red’s foray into the music industry began when Epic Record company giant Sylvia Rhone signed the then lead singer, Nikki Romillie, of Pride n’ Politix, to Atlantic Records. An accompanying publishing deal with Warner Bros. established the artiste, now known as Colonel Red, as one of the UK’s top cutting edge singer/songwriters.
Inkswel has been heralded as one of the busiest and most prolific beat based producers from Australia, a true master of his craft he has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, Lee Scratch Perry, Andrew Ashong, Dwight Trible, Amp Fiddler and countless others as well as putting out timeless musical projects on labels such as BBE, Sonar Kollekiv, Rush Hour, Warner Music, Boogie Angst and others. He hovers evenly between Hip Hop and Club sensibilities, blending new age approaches with nostalgic leans. 'Holders of The Sun' is the audio melting pot of two musical aliens, future directive soul music drenched in the nostalgia of what once was.
The brand-new sentinel EP by Colonel Red, 'Armz Prevail', is a contrivance of sublime, terrestrial, musically charged melody, a conscious declaration drenched with the sound of wailing souls. Music, voice and essence permeate together as one from start to finish, shining with inspiring light through every song.
Colonel Red, an Artivist in his own right, advocates the belief that it is our divine right to live our lives with a free will, unperturbed by convention. In Redz' own words, "strive to be confident and unafraid, then you have a true direction for your life". Empirical experience breathes life into the Armz Prevail EP with reverence, fortitude and grace.
It boasts the Gilles Peterson Worldwide award-winning song ‘Believe In Me’, a mid-tempo spacious, smokey soul-funk song reminiscent of Sly & The Family Stone grinding away into the era of 2022. The sheer majestic vibesmosphere that emanates through this deep cutting record will leave you loitering around the reload button.
When all is said and done, just listen to Colonel Red sing. The power and sound of his sultry, ripping voice, will mesmerize you into poetic submission. "Within each song, a powerful message seeks to transmit".