Kestine just dropped his debut EP ‘Reflection’. Kestine has been present in the growing Cork urban music scene for a number of years now with singles like “I’m Good” and “Roll With Me”. He’s also featured on projects with the likes of Outsider Yp.
The EP, engineered by Outsider Yp, elaborates on the concept of appreciating the moment. Throughout the project Kestine reflects on where his priorities are laid at this current stage in his life. He ponders on the potential glory of being the best Irish and international act as well as appreciating these pivotal moments he has with his aging father and mother. Kestine touches upon the BLM movement and black people in general in the track titled U.N.I.T.Y boldly stating
"Honestly some of our people are hypocrites, we scream Black Lives Matter yet do we as black people cherish other black people."
Kestine delves further into some of his deepest thoughts through the character of Melanie. Melanie being the representation of women in Kestine's life and their concerns about men and the struggles that they must face on a day to day. Kestine rounds off the project with uncertainty, the pressure to be a worthy man for his other half and being financially stable to take care of her and his family. He worries about his anxiety and the
"Constant feeling of [needing] to make them proud."
Having grown up as a member of the choir, Kestine always leans towards natural instrumentals and soulful melodies. This is in sharp display through his delivery and beat selection, creating an atmosphere that marries the soulful instrumentals with futuristic kicks and 808's melting together with the darker lyrical themes of the EP to create a unique sound. With inspirations such as Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar and early Kanye West, Kestine believes this EP can be a reflection of Irish hip hop and rival the very best.
Make sure to check out the new EP out now!