Roots & Influences: [ K S R ]

Roots and Influences invites our favourite artists, local and afar, to curate a playlist of 10 songs that have inspired their career to date. We’re buzzing to sit down with one of Manchester’s most talented soul vocalists, [ K S R ], ahead of his forthcoming EP  [ P E A C E + H A R M O N Y ] on First Word Records…

From the likes of Yasmin Lacey and Children of Zeus, through to Werkha and Allysha Joy, we’re always keeping our eyes on the latest music to come from First Word Records. Their latest offering is another release that’s yet to disappoint – the incredible [ K S R ] ‘s ‘Peace + Harmony’ EP, landing on 10th December.

Hailing from Moss Side, [ K S R ] has been steadily building a rep for himself with an eclectic assortment of alternative R&B, future soul, hip  hop and D&B. His own soulful style has already seen him tour and collaborate with the likes of Children of Zeus, REMi, Etta Bond and The Mouse Outfit, as well as sold out London shows and a performance at We Out Here Festival. With support from 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, Mixmag and Nike to name a few, we’re stoked to dive into 10 special tracks that have inspired his sound and music career so far…

Frank Ocean – Sweet Life

Nostalgia takes over with every single listen. A song that will live forever and ever. 

Etta Bond – #Bad4Me 

I always feel like I’m going through an oozing journey on each play. “Leave me alone ’cause I want all your attention, I can’t let go but know the root of all suffering’s attachment”

D’Angelo – Brown Sugar

The lyrics and the vocals on this one are just too clean. This man is undeniably one of the main reasons why I do what I do.

Miguel – All I Want Is You [ Ft. J. Cole ]

The chemistry between these two is just ridiculous throughout this track.

Shakka – Read My Mind 

Shakka made me realise the best version of you is you, and no one can tell you any different.

Smino – Glass Flow [ Ft. Raven Lenae ] 


SiR – John Redcorn 

This track right here is just a timepiece, a statement of this musical generation.

Matt Corby – Knife Edge 

Special one.

Angel – Circles In Squares 

A pure and simple classic.

Mac Ayres – Clavin’s Joint [ Ft. Declan Miers ] 


‘Peace + Harmony’ lands on 10th December via First Word Records – pre-order the vinyl here. In the meantime, check out the video for ‘Harmless’ below! 


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