A triumphant return following the birth of his son
Jessie Atkinson
11:00 12th November 2020

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South London's AKS has returned to releasing music today after a four-year hiatus following the birth of his son. 'Up & Up (Heavens Above)' is a near-six-minute mood-lifter that announces the imminent arrival of new project As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals.

Hip hop meets neo-soul, 'Up & Up' employs guitar licks and organ phrases to reference jazz in its honeyed journey, which sees AKS practice gratitude and strive for better and better things.

It's a beautifully honest piece and a welcome return:

The three-letter man spoke of the new track: "Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective. This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son's sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I've felt at times. It's my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.

Further singles coming soon. 

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