Last week saw Manchester’s Children of Zeus launch their sophomore album, Balance, and this week… well, they’ve just announced news of a UK tour this October.
The duo will be heading to Manchester, London, Brighton and Bristol this October with tickets going on sale at 10am Friday 11th June.
Children of Zeus
Venue: Manchester O2 Ritz
Date: Tuesday 14th October
Tickets available from 10am Friday 11th June
Following the release of their debut album Travel Light in 2018 (which featured in numerous ‘Album of the Year’ lists), Tyler Daley and Konny Kon spent the next two years extensively touring the UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
With shows on ice over the last 12 months, Children of Zeus took the time to mature their sound; Balance is 50 minutes of future-classic British soul music encompassing hip hop, neo-soul, gospel and r&b. Konny’s laidback flow once again merges with Tyler’s unmistakable buttery vocals across a set of bass-heavy backdrops and smoothed-out keys, taking the blueprint from their debut and evolving it into a deeper, more-refined sound.
As with previous material, the album is largely produced by the duo themselves, though we also see the return of Grammy-winner Beat Butcha, whose previous production credits include Jay Z, Beyonce, Nipsey Hussle, and Griselda. Title track ‘Balance’ comes from upcoming producer and Soulection regular, cay caleb and also contains the only vocal feature on the album, from rising UK soul talents Akemi Fox and Georgie Sweet.
The Children of Zeus journey began with a mutual love of 90s Manchester pirate radio; consuming hip hop and beats, r&b and street soul, lovers rock and dancehall, garage and bass music. Then followed decades of performing, creating and collaborating in different guises.
Over the past few years, the hip hop soul duo have garnered props far and wide; from Jazzie B to Jazzy Jeff. They’ve performed for the likes of Soulection and BBC, in addition to hosting their monthly NTS Radio show and collaborating with artists like Black Milk and Goldie.
From travelling light, to travelling nowhere, it’s been a time where we’ve all had to reflect on the lives we lead. This album is about equilibrium; walking the thin line of life and striving to keep your footing firm at all times, ever pushing forward. And today, the band announce news of new travel plans, as they plot a UK tour in celebration of their new music.
The Children of Zeus sound is now fully grown. It’s time to bring Balance into the universe. This is unashamedly big people music to be played out of big speakers. The definitive sound of UK street soul in 2021. The story continues, with new chapters to be written this October in Manchester, London, Brighton and Bristol