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UK producer/Musician SBTRKT's lead track from last year's self-titled release was an album highlight. The track is an icy pairing of clumsy kalimba lines, spats of glockenspiel, a heartbeat pulse, and vocal collaborator Sampha's soulful pleas to "turn the leaf". The song now has a stark video accompaniment that echoes the story at hand in the song perfectly.

Artist Bio

SBTRKT is an artist that collects collaborators instead of samples. He has assembled a team of artists from South London for this record, a la Massive Attack, Moby, and Soul II Soul. There is a nice scene going on with him and his friends, and the US is taking notice. When we made "Wildfire" public, the bloggers jumped on it, everyone loves it, and people are VERY excited for his record. Drake even remixed it and laid a verse on it. LISTEN
His collaborators on this record include vocalists Sampa, Jessie Ware, Roses Gabor and Little Dragon. Wildfire features the voice of Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano. "I'm a big fan of their musical ethos, so to collaborate with them has been an ambition for a while. It has been really interesting seeing how our two worlds could co-exist. said SBTRKT.

Through the years, and his development as an artist and producer in his own right, SBTRKT has worked with collaborators both sonic and visual to emphasize his ideas and vision. The performance and visual style has also become an essential part of this setup. Performing in his trademark tribal mask, watching SBTRKT translate his sound live is the opposite of what one would expect from the traditional producer/DJ. "The live show is an expansion of what has been created in the studio and the tools I've used to make them. Just because a song has been created with a laptop, it doesn't mean that is the best way to perform it live, but for me, neither is bringing in a 5 piece band to re-interpret your songs. I see live shows in a very different light to producing in a studio as it's about translating into a medium for performance. The basic setup is myself on an acoustic drum kit with extra electronic triggers, and Sampha on 2 keyboards and vocals.... although it's constantly developing whilst we learn new ways to perform songs and experiment with new ways to route our live audio."


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