Today, the neo soul, hip hop sensation, Harleighblu and Bluestaeb (Noah Slee, JuJu Rogers, Ivan Ave), one of Germany’s finest rising producers coming through Berlin’s urban music scene, release ‘Cake’ (Rel 05/04/19), the first track from their new album due for release autumn 2019.
‘Cake’ is a stunning meld of progressive electronics and thumping beats that possess the soul, as Harleighblu’s unique vocal pushes through the sonic boundaries of R&B, while remaining firmly in the soul girl camp. Speaking about the single, she reflected “Cake is the first track Blue (Bluestaeb) and I ever made together. It’s about going for what you want in life… Having your cake and eating it. The lyrics “Don’t wanna, don’t wanna go elsewhere” highlight the fact that you are living your best life now – Right now. Not tomorrow!” The Nottingham native make specific references to London stating “London has always been a very special city to me, musically and in my personal life. Whenever I go to London, I feel inspired and I’ve met some of the most creative people in my life in that city.
Harleighblu heard Bluestaeb’s music for the first time in London’s Jazz Café in 2016, approached him to work on the album shortly after that. The multinational duo decided to search for new ways to express their common love for uncompromised hip-hop and R’n’B. The collaboration has achieved a distinctive sound that merges old school aesthetics with a new school attitude and organic instrumentation. Bluestaeb has proven himself, as one of the key figures of a new generation of Hip-Hop producers, removing genre specific labels and creating very distinctive instrumentation. His solo efforts ‘Rodalquilar’ and ‘Everything Is Always a Process’ released via Berlin-based tastemaker label Jakarta Records have been internationally praised for their warm characteristic sound receiving airplays on Soulection, BBC 1, Rinse and many more.
Bluestaeb’s approach complements Harleighblu’s performance perfectly as she stakes her claim on the neo soul hip hop territory she always identified with as an artist.
Speaking about the collaboration Bluestaeb said “When I got the Demo Recording from Harleighblu I was blown away. I’ve worked with multiple singers before, but this time I felt that somebody finally really knew how to handle my beats properly and turn it into a song “
Hailed as ‘the new queen of soul’ with references to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, Harleighblu’s signature sound has matured into a frank, self-possessed voice that pulls no punches and makes no apologies. Bringing us honest, feminine, yet unrepentant lyrical touches and establishing herself as one of the UK’s most promising young artists.
Harleighblu introduced herself in 2013 with the charismatic, beat-heavy soul of her debut LP ‘Forget Me Not’ which was championed by 1xtra’s Mistajam and BBC 6 Music’s Don Letts. Since then she has not looked back, garnering critical acclaim for her unique style from the likes of Complex, Dummy, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash to name but a few. She has performed at prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Kendal Calling, Boomtown and the Giles Peterson Worldwide festival.
2019 will see the Harleighblu headlining alongside Bluestaeb at the respected Lollapalooza festival in Berlin, as well as playing Croatia’s biggest underground music festival Outlook, with more dates to be announced.
Harleighblu & Bluestaeb will release new music throughout 2019, with their full album to follow autumn 2019.
Outlook Festival, Croatia, 4 Sep – 8 Sep 2019
Lollapalooza festival, Berlin, 7 Sep – 8 Sep 2019