Most of you will probably recognize London vocalist Roses Gabor from "Pharaohs" off of SBTRKT's release from last year. However, this mixtape is about to open your eyes to the far and wide worlds that Roses has already traversed, including work with Gorillaz and Theophilus London. Sass-n-frass for a good 45 minutes straight - working it!
When we first heard SBTRKT at his US debut during the SXSW Music Festival this March, we knew we were on to something. Just a few days ago, the London-based producer released his self-titled debut on Young Turks. The 11-track album blends a palatable mix of house, electronic, dubstep, and garage while keeping a soulful undertone throughout. According to Billboard, the project was recorded over the span of two years with most of the guest vocalists (Little Dragon, Sampha and Jessie Ware) recording on SBTRKT's living room couch.
The low-key artist prefers to conceal his identity, keeping his real name to himself and wearing an African mask to his live performances. So, you'd imagine his surprise when he found that Drake chose to re-make his "Wildfire" single featuring Little Dragon. Go figure. Check out the original track for "Wildfire" above - we've already looped it about ten times. Also, don't miss his only four US tour dates slated for this year.
With a career spanning over a decade that includes three albums on Ninja Tune/Big Dada and a reputation for energetic performances the world over, Ty is no stranger to this music 'ish. A native of London with Nigerian roots, his music speaks diversity as he shines on production, lyric content, and London-inflected hip-hop delivery. Ty continues this tradition on his latest effort Special Kind Of Foolwith the help of some very special guests including Anthony Mills, Carroll Thompson, Corey Mwamba, D-Cross, Erik Rico, Finn Peters, Leo Ihenacho, Robin Mullarkey, Roses Gabor, Sarina Leah, Shaun Escoffery, Soweto Kinch, Sway, Terri Walker, Vula Malinga, and Wreh-Asha.
On this album, Ty transforms his emotions into a palatable listening experience that we all can feel, and reminds us “You can dumb down the music and make everybody dance but you can’t take the pain away.” In addition to offering his listeners glimpses into his personal motivations behind the music, Ty is also effective in articulating societal pressures as he speaks on contemporary culture, employment, race, class, youth, mortality and the desire and effort to overcome the harshness that can sometimes consume us.
Here he is explaining why it was important for him to make this album as well as where he was emotionally during the process:
You may already be familiar with his production on “Supernova”, the single from Joy Jones’ debut album, Godchild, released on Future Soul Records (and a Giant Step favorite!). He continues to show his versatility on this latest project, with sample and synth driven tracks, polyrhythms, and even flips the time signature on the title track, proving this isn’t your standard backbeat 4/4 hip-hop. Highlights include: “Don’t Cry,” “Wait,” “Something Big,” “Emotions,” “Me,” “Falling,” and the beautiful instrumental “Endtro.”
Stay tuned for a 2010 tour.
Ty - "Me ft. Erik Rico" (from Special Kind of Fool)[mp3]