Breaking Down “A Song To Drink Tea To”

I wanted to touch on the thought process behind my latest record, as a lot of people seem to be taking it quite literally, ha.

A Song To Drink Tea To isn’t actually about tea, but rather the discovery of your inner self. All of us have vices, problems and external influences that set us back. What we need to do is reflect on these things and teach ourselves how to tackle them, how to beat them.

Finding your own personal peace/happy place is essential in restoring your life’s balance, for every cloud has a silver lining. Every bad has a good. This wasn’t written to expel bad, however, as without the bad we’d never appreciate good. Rather, it’s about your own interests and living in your personal space without negative thought creeping in.

For me, I feel relaxed listening to music and drinking tea. Tea is important for my mind and body, it relaxes me and allows me to regain focus and channel my energy correctly. For others it could be writing, reading poetry, taking long walks, being with friends etc. My song’s protagonist is the female musician who eludes criticism, knowing it’s of no value. She sits with her records to create, to escape. To be in her own world that allows for spiritual freedom. Her favourite place.

Essentially, this record was made with a purpose of sustaining discovery. Discover who YOU really are, and appreciate both sides of the coin to find your balance and peace. Be content with that, and continue down whatever path is necessary for you.

RKZ – A Song To Drink Tea Too (Prod Lowtism) // Free Download

My latest song gets featured on First Ear! You can download the song for free over on Soundcloud, as well as read the decoded lyrics via Rap Genius.

FIRST EAR

Nikita of The Soul Diaries sent me over the link to this track, so I was pretty sure I would like it before I had even listened to it. RKZ, Luton based singer/songwriter/rapper laces this outstanding production from Lowtism, a perfect song for to chill to, especially if you’re an Englishman.

Go stick the kettle on then enjoy this

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Routine.

Let’s get away for a little while.

Away from early morning commutes.
Away from desks, computers and cigarette breaks.
Away from time restrictions, train delays and traffic.
Away from sluggish rain hitting a blur of black umbrellas.

Away from routine.

Let’s get away from unkind eyes, judgements and stereotypes.
Away from negative souls that’ll do anything to crush you.
Their lives have spiralled so deeply into the mundane,
it seems they’ll do anything to bring you down to their level.

Can we take a break?

Some time away from schedules would be nice,
away from meetings, interviews and deadlines.
Can we change our opinion of Monday mornings?
We could, but probably won’t.

Can we look at each other when talking, at least?

Let’s converse, in reality.
Let’s stop being socially anti-social.
Our phones aren’t needed sometimes.
Why not break away from our digital confinements?

It’s nice to be free from everything that defines us.
It gives us the opportunity to appreciate things we neglect.
Things we respect but never admit to,
people we love but would never admit to.

It’s a great world we’re in but we’ll never know,
because we’ll never look up.
Instead, we’ll escape into our routine,
and find ourselves escaping from where we wanted to escape to.

Because it’s routine. And routine is safe.

Picture Source: Tim Kavanagh

SF: Laura Wolfie Review

The following is an extract of my article for Sampleface:

“Concept projects seem to be all the rage at the moment and with ‘the seven deadly sins’ in particular being absolutely done to death, Wolfie really needed to knock this out the park. Fortunately for her, her originality coupled with incredible production and THAT voice, makes Laura Wolfie one of the most intriguing artists I’ve heard in a long time.

Remember the 7 Deadly Sins shoot on America’s Next Top Model a few years back? Well, this should’ve been the soundtrack for it. The 7-track EP kicks off with Luxuria (or Lust in layman’s terms). Wolfie’s vocal has depth and sharpness – reminiscent of Nylo/Maryann Vasquez – whilst hats are well-and-truly tipped to Craig Viera for the production. Gula (Gluttony) follows and as expected, it’s full of food-related, tongue-in-cheek innuendo. I mean, “it’s finger lickin’ good when he play with me”. Aaaaow.”

Read the article in full, here: http://sampleface.co.uk/review-laura-wolfie-7ds/

SF: Kaly Interview

The following is an extract of my article for Sampleface:

“One of the most decorated characters we’ve come across in recent times, US-native Kaly (who isn’t actually from Cali, by the way) is beginning to build up a reputation of speaking his mind via the interwebz. The NJ by-way-of Philly rapper spoke to Sampleface in March about his beginnings, his future, Twitter and everything in between.

Note: Kaly’s answers are written in American-English. The Z’s and lack of U’s are jarring as fuck, but we’ve left them in for authenticity. Word to you, bruh.

Sampleface: Let’s dance! Kaly, introduce yourself…

Kaly: Kaly. That’s my first and last name.

SF: Kaly Kaly. I like it. How did you get into music?

K: When I was younger, I used to watch a bit of Bollywood cinema here and there, and it got me thinking about how to approach women.  As a big-rimmed-glasses-wearing- bowl-cut-having Indian kid, I needed all the help I could get. I figured writing poetry, like I saw in the movies, would be my in. Needless to say, it didn’t quite work how I expected haha. Eventually, I started setting that poetry to music and realized I was pretty good at it.

SF: Big-rimmed-glasses-wearing-bowl-cut-having Indian kid. You got a picture of this or nah?

K: Fuck outta here.

SF: What’s the rap scene like around you, right now?

K: If you’re speaking about the South Asian rap scene, in America, I would say it’s non-existent. There’s definitely a lot of guys calling themselves rappers, not really putting in the work to be worthy of that title. Everyone goes for self out here, there isn’t really any camaraderie or outlet for our artistry like you see in the UK/Canada, so I can’t say there is much of a scene really. As far as the regular rap scene, it’s cool I suppose, a lot of “how did that get on the radio?” all the time. The game has definitely changed, to where before you needed talent to rock, that’s not so much the case nowadays.

SF: That’s interesting, definitely with you on the airwave questionability. What musicians ARE you feeling currently?

K: I find myself listening to a lot of Nipsey Hussle, and that new Rick Ross album, too. Nothing crazy on my end, but definitely Nipsey if we’re talking up-and-coming artists.”

Read the article in full, here: http://sampleface.co.uk/interview-kaly/