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It’s been a long time coming. Bubbling Manchester artist Reece Samuels, better known as Abnormal Sleepz, is ready to drop his debut LP on Amsterdam-based label The North Quarter, including features from HMD, Misha B, Fox and more.
Production comes from Sleepz himself on 13 of the album’s 15 tracks, with Redeyes and Litek on additional.
The single Textures, featuring HMD, has already picked up traction owing to its vintage-inspired video – check out our premiere of a Behind The Scenes look at that below.
The album reflects deeply for Sleepz. “(It) was created at a time where there was a lot of things happening around me,” he explains.
“This affected my feelings and moods over a period of time which changed a lot. This is what the project essentially reflects down to the sound and music I’d produced during this period. As people we have lots of layers where our emotions are concerned so it was important that this project reflected my energy and how I felt through the constant changes.”
Sleepz is currently riding a wave of positivity after his performance at the Manchester International Festival alongside Children Of Zeus, DRS and Eva Bee, as well as a sold-out show at Band On The Wall and performing at the Roundhouse in London.