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Music Review: Kaleem Taylor's Surface EP

LOOKING BACK: The new Kaleem Taylor EP has simple but powerful songs as the singer bares his soul with introspective lyrics and beautiful production

KALEEM TAYLOR’S new EP Surface is an exercise in introspection, exploring his own behaviours and utilising the power of hindsight.

On Not Alone, the singer tackles communication issues in a relationship. Set over bubbling synths, the lyrics depict the frantic stream of consciousness of someone struggling to talk.

Inspired by relationships where you’re afraid to appear weak or vulnerable, the track is a mantra of encouragement to confide in those around you.

Fault is a simple yet powerful confessional that swings from sparing piano backing in the verses to full, textured electronic production in the chorus.

Drawing on the breakdown of a relationship, Taylor croons about what he has learned from looking back and taking responsibility for his part in the decay of things, after the storm of emotions has passed.

And on Let It Fall, the Hertfordshire soul voice sings sincerely of the beauty of tears and hard times in a syncopated R’n’B tune about accepting the trials and tribulations of life – embracing the rain to appreciate the sunshine.

And regarding perceptions of his music, Taylor’s ambitions are about as pure as they get: “I just hope they see it from a real place. And that when they listen it takes them to a place they want to go to again.”

Kaleem has been quietly carving out a following for his minimal soul.

Having initially made a name with his emotive and glitchy neo-soul, a feature on Tchami’s global hit Promesses took his voice around the world. Having had his horizons broadened by the success of the collaboration, the vocalist went on to work with boundary-pushing producers such as Snakehips, Memeb, Shy Luv and The Code, as well as sharing stages with the likes of Miguel.

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