5 Underrated SBTRKT Songs
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A frequent collaborator with highly rated artist Sampha, SBTRKT is a weird and wonky producer who’s been wrongly dismissed since his breakout moment in 2011.A musical pseudonym of lead producer Aaron Jerome, SBTRKT has remixed and toured with the likes of Radiohead, M.I.A, Basement Jaxx and Mark Ronson. A synth-wizard of epic proportions, SBTRKT has the ability to blend samples and create writhing basslines with ingenuity and inventive flare. Cultivating the perfect backdrop for Sampha’s silky-smooth vocals is no mean feat, and SBTRKT certainly doesn’t disappoint. SBTRKT rose to the charts with 2011 wunderkind ‘Wildfire’, featuring Little Dragon. Played incessantly across festival stages, in nightclubs, hidden house parties and through crappy £20 speakers in teenagers’ back gardens. Its
But there’s more to SBTRKT than just “that one song everyone played a few years ago”. If you’ve got a penchant for deliciously weird, non-linear electronica then feast your ears on these little jewels that might’ve slipped under your radar. Never Never, feat. Sampha SBTRKT doesn’t do album fillers. ‘Never, Never’ from his most famous self-titled album is a masterpiece, professionally executed for the late evening summer festival vibe. The track is introduced by a melodic percussive riff but quickly cut short by reverbing hand claps. Swelling synthesizers and understated drums support Sampha’s bewitching lyrics (“You can’t help, can’t help where your mind goes / So let’s harvest on the moon with the autumn snow”) which intertwine wonderfully with SBTRKT’s unique brand of electronica. 'War Drums' ft. Warpaint, Wonder Where We Land (2014) Opening to a Grimes-era, floating-in-space vocal warble, ‘War Drums’ is a beautiful mish-mash of percussion and electronic. The track stops and starts like a spaceship engine, allowing room for the steady, interspersed vocals of indie rock champions Warpaint. Ethereal, spell-binding and minimalist, ‘War Drums’ defies the expectations of its title to give listeners a small glimpse into SBTRKT’s enthralling vision.
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'Hide or Seek', Step In Shadows (2010) A year prior to the release of his self-titled album, SBTRKT played around with dubstep, orchestral strings, and slithers of
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