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Monday, May 08 2006 | 14:42

With “The Many Facets Of…” Unique releases the long awaited debut album of the London based MC and soul brother Travis Blaque, who has already worked with Ninja Tunes´ The Herbalizer and classic rap group The Quiet Boyz. Travis Blaque has been a contributing, active member in (t)his particular scene since more than 20 years as a breakdancer, session MC and recording artist.

“The Many Facets Of…” offers a great musical variety within a total of 14 fascinating songs, recorded in three individual sessions with producers such as Keith Lawrence (Muzik Ed Productions) & Drew Horley (Drewbeats) at The Lab Studios London, Jason Moe aka Moezart (Nerol Productrions / roachford fame) and Swedens finest 3rd floor, all resulting in warm, strong, straightforward and uncompromising HipHop/Urban songs. An album heavily loaded with soul, flow, lyrical heat, truly musically on eye level with fine artists such as Rodney P, Roots Manuva and Plantlife. Although Travis Blaque being much more of a poet, cynic, realist, critic, observer, in the center of life. He comments, reflects and deals with the simple, human, everyday things in life from the perspective of the son of jamaican immigrants. “The Many Facets Of…” is totally all about message, authenticity, vision, integrity. But there´s also the shady side of things like racial prejudices (“Raymond Cist”), kids suffering from broken up relatationships (“A Song For Troy”) and the overall struggle of the individual in the 21st century.

“The Many Facets Of…” features several guest appearances such as the catching spirits of soul supremo Noel McCoy (Incognito, The James Taylor Quartett) on the fabulous “Al Is Dead”, Ty Live-Rapper Dom G., Oldschool veteran Apollo and EvOn (all being featured on the current first single “Who R U?”) and the cousin of roots reggae legend Peter Tosh Debra Norman aka Farasha on “Home”. With their styles and roots, all of these fine artists contribute to the great variety of the project Travis Blaque, an album that expands the hiphop genre far into real soul music with the main driving force Travis Blaque as mastermind, networking person, pragmatic, ideological focus. For the last 10 years he has been the store manager of Soul Brother Records, a record collectors paradise, that specialises in Soul, Jazz & Funk in Putney, London. Inspirational, don´t you think? Here´s his story so far …

The album Travis BlaqueThe Many Facets Of…” (Unique) is going to be released June 16, 2006.

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