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FW242 | 2021-09-24  
First Word Records is very proud to welcome [ K S R ] to the label, here with his first single for us, 'Harmless'.

Hailing from Moss Side, Manchester, this young talent has been steadily building a rep for himself over the past few years as one of the UK's most exciting soul vocalists, with his releases encompassing an eclectic assortment of alternative R&B, future soul, hip hop and D&B. Influenced by an array of neo-soul artists, such as D'Angelo and Anderson .Paak, his own soulful style has already seen him tour and collaborate with a number of UK peers; working on projects with (now label-mates) Children of Zeus & Australia's REMi, and supporting the likes of Etta Bond & The Mouse Outfit, as well as performing sell-out headline solo shows in Manchester and London, and playing various festivals across Europe, most recently on the Lush Life stage at the We Out Here festival.

Since he began developing his music in 2017, [ K S R ] has had support from the likes of 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Mixmag, NTS, Reprezent, Unity & Soho Radio, in addition to featuring on a slew of D&B tracks with artists like Lenzman, BCee, Emba & Redeyes. The collab with Emba was recently named a 'Kiss FM Future Selection' courtesy of Hybrid Minds and features have been supported on Spotify's 'New Music Friday' amongst others. His debut release 'Unfiltered' appeared on Polarface Records in 2019, which was followed by single 'Flex With Me' (also produced by Tyler Daley from Children of Zeus) then an independent second EP, 'Take Control', followed in late 2020 (during the pandemic) which amassed over 500k streams. Additionally to the releases, he was recently recruited by Manchester United as part of their 21/22 season kit announcements, as well as working with Nike and Size? on a special MCR-themed Air Force 1 release.

So as we approach late Summer 2021, it's now time for some brand new material from Roosevelt Kazaula Sigsbert - better known as [ K S R ]. Produced by Dom Porter and mixed by Eric Lau, 'Harmless' is an uptempo sun-kissed slice of alternative R&B featuring Roosevelt's unmistakable silky smooth vocals, set to join his already impressive catalogue of underground soul classics such as 'Alien Boo', 'Stylin' and 'New Love'. This is the first taste of an extended project, coming very soon.

[ K S R ] says "in the last year I have been searching for some inner peace, 'Harmless' is about my quest for happiness and satisfaction."

'Harmless' is released digitally worldwide via First Word Records on September 24th 2021.

There will be a full-length video directed by Ben Westcott to accompany this release.

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