Kaleem Taylor cut his teeth making Neo Soul before a feature on Tchami’s Fool’s Gold-released club hit ‘Promesses’ in 2013, which charted in the UK top ten two years later, took his voice around the world. Having had his horizons broadened by the success of the collaboration, the Hertfordshire vocalist has since gone on to work with boundary-pushing producers such as Snakehips, Memeb, Shy Luv and The Code, as well as sharing stages with the likes of Miguel, Boyz II Men and Ryan Leslie.
With his latest release, ‘By My Side’, he’s mixing the old with the new, drawing from his melting pot of influences – Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo – along with the energetic performance he’s developed off the back of club appearances, and forward thinking electronic production. “I’ve been testing the waters for a little while, and my music now is a little broader than the releases I started out with,” he says. “I just want people to listen and have an opinion. I’m coming from an honest place, and I just hope that those who enjoy the music can too.”