The 15-track release is described as an "honest, introspective" collection of tracks, strung together by downbeat, jazz-inflicted beats that allow Sleepz’ vocals to take centre stage. He produced 13 of the tracks on the LP, with drum & bass producer and The North Quarter regular Redeyes producing "Gino," and Manchester artist Litek producing "Lean."
Meanwhile, "Textures," a catchy slice of soul-infused hip-hop featuring long-term collaborator HMD, has already been released as the lead single from the album. The track comes with a retro-style official video portraying the two artists as old-school gangsters, fit with sharp suit and vintage car.
“This project was created at a time where there was a lot of things happening around me,” Sleepz explains. “This affected my feelings and moods over a period of time which changed a lot. This is what the project essentially reflects down to the sound and music I'd produced during this period. As people we have lots of layers where our emotions are concerned so it was important that this project reflected my energy and how I felt through the constant changes.”
Sleepz has been a fixture of Manchester's underground scene for some time now. Real name Reece Samuels, he began spitting bars on the playground and recording practice sets at home before releasing a flurry of mixtapes produced by Mac Real. He has since spent time on tour, including performances at the Roundhouse in London and a sold-out homecoming show at Manchester’s Band on the Wall.
The album follows FD's Better Days on the Amsterdam label.
Kaleidoscope LP lands September 6, with "Textures" streaming below.
02. Textures (feat. HMD) 03:51
03. What You See
04. Coming Home
06. Live And Learn (feat. DRS)
07. Norf Freestyle
08. Say You Don't
09. No Love (feat. Fox)
12. Like I Do (Excursions)
14.L8 Nights In Barbados
15. All I Need (feat. Misha B)