KES the Band set to release live music album on US label
KES will release We Home, the band's first full length album in five years.
Kes the Band will deliver their first new full-length album in over five years this month, with the live project We Home, set for release on August 28 from Ineffable Records.
The band has breathed new life into its catalog of Carnival hits and island pop jams on the new album, with fresh renditions showcasing their prowess as a live band par excellence, according to a release.
Singles from the project will be released weekly leading up to the release of We Home, starting with a new version of “Magic” featuring Jimmy October and Etienne Charles, which premieres this Friday, August 7.
The track was released in its original form as part of the 2020 Trinidad Carnival season, but has since received a sparkling, organic update – showcasing the band’s ability to seamlessly blend genres from Calypso and Soca, to jazz, R&B and rock.
On Independence Day, August 31, KES will present a one-hour TV special, KES LIVE, airing across nine Caribbean countries in partnership with CCN’s TV6. The broadcast will also be simulcast in Africa on Trace TV; on Kes’ YouTube channel at youtube.com/keslive and across the band’s social media channels.
Mixed by renowned Grammy award-winning Trinidadian engineer, Dexter Simmons (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston), We Home is the first major soca release since the outbreak began and represents a concerted effort by the group to create a time-capsule of their sound and genre in 2020, whilst simultaneously reconnecting with their roots as eclectic Caribbean performers.
“The live show is key to our entire brand,” said lead vocalist, Kees Dieffenthaller of the band, which has shared stages with acts ranging from John Legend and Major Lazer to Will Smith and Maroon 5.
"But the live experience is something we never truly captured before [on record]. When we play live, the music translates in such a boundless way — you don’t have to know what soca is, or where we're from, so… We wanted to explore our strengths and remember ourselves as a band.”
We Home continues a banner year for KES, as the band not only won the annual International Soca Monarch competition — with their Iwer George collaboration, “Stage Gone Bad” – but also captured the coveted Road March title. Meanwhile, “Hello” – a track originally released for the 2018 Carnival season – continues to reach new audiences over two years after its release: It now has the most YouTube plays of any Soca song released in the last decade at 33 million views.
This new project represents the first foray into soca and Trinidad by Ineffable Music – a multi-faceted, Oakland-based music company which owns and operates venues and festivals, including North America’s biggest reggae concert, Cali Roots Fest and manages and releases music from artists like Stick Figure and Collie Buddz. It is also the first album by a major soca act on a US record label in over three years.
“Since launching the label arm of Ineffable, Ineffable Records, one of our main objectives has been to bridge the gap between Caribbean-influenced music coming from the US and artists in the Caribbean,” said Adam Gross, VP of Ineffable Records.
“Our goal has been to take everything we’ve learned growing artists here in the US to help artists from the Caribbean crossover into new markets. In soca music, and more specifically in Kes’ music, we see an opportunity to do just that. Kes is the full package. The melodies, the hooks, the top-notch musicianship, the live performance—everything is there.”