Artist of the week: SBTRKT
SBTRKT is the musical project led by self-taught producer and London-based Arron Jerome. The name of the project (pronounced “subtract”) is part of an idyllic concept that involves performing with a modern interpretation of native African ceremonial masks in order to remove the identity of any individual from the music.
After releasing successful remixes for premium acts such as Basement Jaxx, Underworld and M.I.A. and a pair of singles with his frequent vocal collaborator Sampha, SBTRKT released his self-titled debut album in 2011. The record managed to mix elements of dub step, techno, drum’n’bass, house and soul in a sound that definitely forced some bright light to shine upon its underground vibe, thanks to female vocal guests spots from singers Jessie Ware and Little Dragon‘s Yukimi Nagano.
Following a massive tour that showcased an exciting multi-sensory experience that was poorly represented in last year’s Live album, SBTRKT is back with Wonder Where We Land, his long-awaited sophomore effort. Though the record maintains his trademark intricate percussions and flowing melodies, they sound catchier than ever and features a much more confident Sampha on vocals next to some serious performances from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koening, A$AP Ferg and Chairlift’s front-woman Caroline Polachek, among others.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.