Children of Zeus

Making big waves on the UK hip hop/soul scene, Children of Zeus will make their NZ debut at Splore 2019.

Bubbling at a steady pace, Manchester duo Children of Zeus have been refining their distinctive blend of hip-hop, R&B and soul, picking up fans such as Jazzy Jeff, Stormzy and Kamaal Williams along the way. Now the duo – comprised of Tyler Daley and Konny Kon – have shared their debut album Travel Light.

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Children of Zeus feel like the final piece of a puzzle depicting Manchester’s new generation of musicians. Before the ‘urban jazz’ of IAMDDB and the R&B-tinged pop of Bipolar Sunshine, there was Tyler Daley and Konny Kon, quietly crafting a sound that would leave acid house and indie-rock firmly in the past.

When the duo met in 2005 they were playing shows in France with their respective hip-hop outfits – Daley a member of Body Roq, Konny Kon was one third of Broke’N’English. Back home, they bonded over their love of soul music and quickly started recording together, combining singing with rapping in a way that that would pave the way for Manchester vocalists like Tobi Sunmola and HMD.

Written, produced and recorded by the duo over a period of three months, Travel Light hones the sound laid bare on their 2017 The Story So Far EP. There are classic soul samples and ‘90s R&B-referencing beats, elements of reggae (Hard Work) and bruk (Vibrations) but Travel Light never caves into a nostalgic homage to any sound. Instead, it strikes a perfect balance between the timelessness of Tyler Daley’s vocals – which evoke Raphael Saadiq – and Konny Kon’s conscious rap-nodding bars, delivered proudly in a previously off-trend regional accent.

Accolades, big ups, plaudits and props to the duo over recent times have come far & wide, and have included: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Large Professor, DJ Spinna, Rag’n’Bone Man, Stormzy, Jazzie B, Toddla T, Shortee Blitz, DJ Target, Gilles Peterson, Alex Nut, Mr Scruff, Twin B, Sarah Love, Huey Morgan, Lefto, Marc Mac, Mr Thing, Rodney P & Skitz, Kid Fonque (South Africa), DJ Koco (Japan), Low Key Source (Australia) to name just a few heads in the worlds of hip hop, soul & dance music.

As their loyal fan-base grows, they’ve continued rocking stages non-stop across the UK & Europe, with a busy Summer schedule locked in, at festivals such as Field Day, Boomtown, Soundwave, Dimensions & Hospitality & Field Day, sharing stages with the likes of Erykah Badu, and performing at the opening concert of Outlook Festival in an amphitheater in Croatia along with Bonobo, Wiley & Rodigan.