Today the Kingsway Music Library is very proud to release an innovative new series called Kingsway Collaborations . The world renowned boutique sample library created and curated by Toronto-bred, L.A-based Grammy Award-nominated producer Frank Dukes – who was featured on the cover of Billboard and whose production and original samples have been used by many of the hip hop and pop world’s most successful talents including Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lorde, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, Post Malone, and The Weeknd among others – continues on its mission to legitimize sampling in contemporary music production, while connecting forward-thinking musicians to create good affordable ready-to-go samples and music.
The first installment teams up Grammy-nominated producer David Bendeth, with two of the Library’s frequent contributors, CVRE and Brandon Leger. Bendeth, a renowned producer, mixer, songwriter, and plug-in creator, is one of those low-key, multi-platinum selling music icons, who since the release of his 1979 debut album Adrenalin – whose track “Feel The Real” quickly shot to #1 on the UK Dance Charts – has had an illustrious career in the music industry, and even produced the ELV1S: 30 No. 1 Hits greatest hits collection that’s sold 15 million plus units. As some of his early recordings were starting to get sampled by some of the hottest contemporary rap, R&B, and electronic music acts of today including Westside Gunn, Madlib, Kaytranada, Goldlink, Craig David, The Alchemist, and Bennie The Butcher, he was looking for a new creative outlet and wanted to collaborate with some producers who were pushing musical and artistic envelopes, and he found that in this unlikely duo.
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Peace drops “Honey”
Recently stepping on the scene, Peace is a Philly resident that was born in Florida. After spending time in Jersey, his move to Philly solidified his music journey. His brothers Mike & Wes inspired him to make music by bringing him to the studio.
After his junior year, Peace had begun singing full time. Now, Peace or Jeff Francois is poised to be a star in the game. He hopes to one-day lock-in a collaboration with Cole, Kendrick, and even Lecrae. His ear is masterful and his new song “Honey” proves that.
Peep the single here.
@blakexbanks drops “Can’t Stop The Rain”
“Can’t Stop The Rain” is a grungy, melodic, rap-rock love ballad perfect for 2020. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head, you’ll want to add it to your playlist right after listening to it.
Blake Banks has carved out a groove of his own by blending and bending genres to create his own unique sound. His utilization of rap, pop, country, and blues conventions caught the attention of a broader audience, almost doubling streams of previous releases in 2020. Be on the lookout for video visuals to backup this instant hit classic.
Check out “Can’t Stop The Rain” below.
@keepupwithxay drops ‘Forever With Me.’
Xay’s debut project, Forever With Me., is now out. The new release, which features his self-titled smash, “Xay.,” is the perfect entry point into his infectious style, bringing you into his world for a one-of-a-kind listen that you’ll be hard-pressed to forget. If you want to hear a distinct take on rap, one that references both its past and its future, make sure to check this out, below.