19 Sep 2020

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Kevin Posey - Album Review: Breathe

19 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

US-born producer, rapper, and singer-songwriter Kevin Posey has just released his latest album Breathe. Posey is an international artist who has recently been thriving in the Aotearoa music scene. Posey has been working with music for some time, and, having also graduated from a degree in music production, he has been busy and blossoming ever since he started releasing music. In time for this stellar album’s creation, Posey released Your Shine, a touching track with a moving music video available to view here.

Posey’s lyricism and style of music really takes you back, but also pulls you forward. His sound is current and creative, reminding us of music’s roots; culture, colour and a true understanding of people, and their place in the world. Each song in the album tells a story, and introduces us to new sounds with important concepts, often also political. Posey advocates for change in his musical themes, specifically on themes of racial justice and black empowerment. Posey collaborates with many, such as Nigerian-Kiwi hip-hop artist Mazbou Q. Posey transforms multi-genre melodic pop sounds into a modern mix of harmonious tracks that resonate, remind and reinvent music of the future. Ranging in scores of genres like hip-hop, soul, rap, Latin and jazz; Posey does it all and creates sound for the awakened mind. Many of his lyrical themes are expressive and enlivening, drawing purpose and energy to each tune.

Living and sharing his recent musical journey in Auckland, New Zealand; Kevin Posey has become a recognised personality in music here. Posey co-hosts local live jam night ‘The Loft’, with Mazbou Q at his side; both bringing local artists together, creating a space to feel and experience music organically. As an artist, his music brings growth and understanding, as well as focusing on many opportunities to collaborate and uplift other musicians which you can hear featured beautifully in Breathe.

The production of Breathe is well-crafted and sonically rich in each tune. Each track is multi-layered and lush, featuring many very talented musicians (see below for credits). Track one, Enrgy, is a real “get up and go” track; bass full of fire and adrenaline levels high. This song is bold and dynamic; you can hear remnants of iconic hip-hop influences including Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. The song is written by both Kevin Posey and Hugh Ozumba, featuring local DJ/Producer Scizzorhands, guitarist Jarni Blair and turntables by Elton James. Track two, Show Out, is an absolute club marvel. You want this one turned right up on your loudest speaker. This bass heavy banger is a ‘full of fire’, quarantine-inspired quake of a beat with clean and catchy rap vocals. Track three, Your Shine, featuring delicate vocals by Kirsten and rap by Mazbou Q, is another golden track which glorifies melanin skin; you can read in full about it here.

Track four, Sunset Glow/Run Through the Fire, is a sensual, soulful number for the lovers. Posey and Lily Jackson team up on vocals, Stallone D’Souza soothing the tune with sweet synth. The song has a playful, chill beat and blends into a different melody towards its end, creating two tracks in one cleverly. Esta Noche dances into track five, alive, in its Latin fever and flavour. Manuela A., local singer-songwriter, features in this tune with a stunning voice. Posey's impressive shift in linguistics is admirable to Spanish speakers, especially within the growing music community in New Zealand. So Electric, another ode to falling in love, features Kedu and RoBotZ; vocals both bubbling and pitch perfect.

Track seven, Momma’s Joint, is a super groove. Lily Jackson features again with vocals closely resembling that of singer Erykah Badu. Posey’s rap flow is old school, slightly reminiscent of Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. You Get Me, with Latafale, is a track about meeting your better half, showcasing some sweet keys and electric guitar. Breathe is a calming number with a head-boppin’ beat and dark bass. The synth is spacey and extra, and the vocals of Jasmine Li with Leea Lamatoa compliment the song perfectly.

Number ten, World From Inside, is a real stomper which brings back the tasty voice of Lily Jackson; we hear some great production moments in this one, while the theme of lockdown is sifted through the lyrics. Calm of the Wind is a slower number with a darker story, and a strong word on faith. The saxophone by Matt Bizzle and guitar by Jarni Blair really help bring this song’s jazz alive. The final track Blind Spot is a sharp and fun jazzy track with a signature saxophone melody by Angus Ramsey.

The whole album has a superabundance of groove and true musicianship. It’s vibrant and keeps you guessing. Posey has hit us with a generous helping of catchy tunes that will be lingering in your head once you give this album a full listen. Breathe is available now on all major streaming platforms!

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Kevin Posey

Kevin Posey, an Oklahoma native born November 8th, 1987. Growing up, he would listen to music in the backseat of his mum's car and realise he had the ability to separate each piece and mentally re-create the sounds in a new way. This curiosity of sound and composing developed into a deeper passion leading to an associates degree in music production from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Posey today continues to use his knack for deconstructing music to mix and master records and produce songs not only for himself, but other upcoming artists. Posey’s musical style deeply reflects being influenced by multiple genres. Now making music that traverses planes between hip-hop and melodic pop, he infuses Spanish in his lyrics which he learned as a kid growing up on the southwest side of Oklahoma City.


Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kevin Posey


Year: 2020
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

Taylor Roche - Single Review: Never Like That
26 Aug 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Emerging pop artist Taylor Roche has just released his latest single Never Like That. Roche is Auckland-based and full of flame.
Festival Review: Good Vibes @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 7/08/2020
09 Aug 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On Friday the 7th of August, Good Vibes, Pato Entertainment and Mai FM presented to us the best line-up our Auckland Winter has seen to date! The Good Vibes Winter Festival is here; brought to us on a chilly Winter's night with no delay in action.
Konarucchi - EP Review: Stuck In Daydreams
31 Jul 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Konarucchi is a multi-genre solo artist and composer from Wainuiomata. He is talented at mixing and recording, and has many versatile skills he brings to the table.
Gig Review: Geoff Ong @ Cassette Nine, Auckland - 24/07/2020
31 Jul 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
I said my bygones to the week behind me. The global climate is still heavy in the background of what we all miss doing and seeing.
Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Chimbambaira (OG Remix)
14 Jul 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Melbourne-based Cantabrian producer Oakley Grenell has ignited the Shottaz’ (Zimbabwe born artists Max and Hlats) new release Chimbambaira, which also features Nutty O. From the 2019 EP afro dancehall project Chimbambaira Reloaded sees the dynamic Shottaz team pair-up with various artists, DJs and producers to make way for some glorious remixes and riddims, including this steaming track with Oakley Grenell.
Sola Rosa - Single Review: Searching For Love Feat. Kiko Bun
23 Jun 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
If you love music, Sola Rosa is a Kiwi band that you really should know about. The founder of this powerhouse is Andrew Spraggon; the man behind the band’s "near 20-year labour of love".
Kevin Posey - Single Review: Your Shine Feat. Mazbou Q & Kirsten
11 Jun 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Kevin Posey is an international artist and native from Oklahoma, USA. Posey is a music producer, publisher and songwriter that has also graduated from an associates degree in Music Production from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Valere - Single Review: Like That
05 Jun 2020 // by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter Shana Llorando, AKA Valere, has just released her latest single Like That. She brings blossom to our generation of music with her diversity and versatility of sound.
View All Articles By Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • WAP
    Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
    Drake feat. Lil Durk
    Chris Brown And Young Thug
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
    Pop Smoke feat. Lil Tjay
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem