UK R&B singer Harleighblu and neo-soul & hip-hop producer Bluestaeb come through with beat-heavy empowerment anthem ‘Queeen Dem’, the third single off upcoming joint album ‘She’ [October 11th 2019].
The song is inspired by popular poem “This is for the women who don’t give a fuck” by American writer Janne Robinson. Harleighblu took the fierce manifesto of the feminist activist and interpreted it her very own way: “I tried to capture the strength of the poem, with a nod to Janne, and then elaborate with my own take on completely owning your own womanhood. Within writing the first few lines, I entitled the piece Queeen Dem. Queeen gets 3 E’s to accentuate the fact you are a queen.” The empowering lyrics are driven by Bluestaeb’s impeccable production, which gives a nod to the 90’s era of boom-bap hip-hop. Following on from previous singles ‘Cake’ and ‘Present’, both picking up critical acclaim from the likes of Wonderland, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, Dummy, as well as support from BBC 1Xtra and BBC 6, this new release continues the pair’s steady trajectory and keeps with the impressive musical standard they set for themselves.
“If you were to assign a physical incarnation to a song, the latest track from Harleighblu would be fold upon fold of caramel.” – Wonderland Magazine
After Harleighblu heard Bluestaeb’s music at Camden’s Jazz Café in 2016, the multinational duo decided to search for new ways to express their common love for uncompromised hip-hop and R&B. Bluestaeb’s soulful approach to beat making complemented Harleighblu’s vocals oh-so-perfectly as she staked her claim on the neo soul and hip-hop territory she always identified with. Hailed as an up and coming ‘queen of soul’ with references to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, Harleighblu’s signature sound has matured into a frank, self-possessed voice, bringing us honest, feminine, yet unrepentant lyrical touches.
Additionally, the Paris and Berlin based producer Bluestaeb made his name through his releases via German tastemaker label Jakarta Records, where he released alongside Kaytranada, Ta-Ku and Mura Masa. Both his solo and collaboration projects have been internationally praised for their warm characteristic sound, receiving airplays on Soulection, BBC 1, Rinse.FM and many more. On ‘Queeen Dem’ Bluestaeb states, “Lyrically this song really defines what “She” is about. The beat has that heavy 90’s hip-hop vibe you can hear on a lot of my older productions, but Harleighblu’s vocals put it into a completely new context and give the song a lot of power.”
“The Nottingham native wants to cast her net wide, expanding the neo-soul and R&B template until it shatters into a million pieces.” – CLASH Magazine
With a full collaboration album set to drop in October, Harleighblu and Bluestaeb continue to impress with their seamless musical chemistry and mutual passion for classic R&B and hip hop. ‘Queeen Dem’ is a confident ode to empowerment and provides a taste for what’s to come from the 13-track stoke of genius, ‘She’. With an impressive video to follow which highlights Harleighblu’s unapologetic confidence while giving a shout out to all her fellow queens, the collaboration of these two powerful prodigies’ is something you don’t want to miss this year.
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