Holy shit son. Holy shit. How I’m feeling about this is real. This album is The Electronic Future. The Techno Way and the light.
SBTRKT basically just came through and make me like some shit that I usually dont like. And were passing “like” status. Were getting to “playing this shit daily” type-love. Its serious. Real talk? Fuck all that Frank Ocean shit.
Key tracks? Heatwave, Wildfire (with the ill Little Dragon Appearance), Sanctuary sounding like a hyped up supertechnosamba of awesome. For real. This album is a winner. Pay attention to it for me.
Note To Self: Not only will I never judge a Book by a Cover, I will never again judge an Album by its Genre. Because when you do, you can miss out on one of the best albums you’ve had the pleasure to run across all year. On the brink of dismissing this record as another project I would have to toil through to describe and review, SBTRKT and his epynomous debut essentially changes my entire perception of Electronica (and anything associated in it) with this epic victory of an album.
Holding fast to his anonymity and privacy, SBTRKT takes a page from the MF Doom book and hides his identity behind traditional African Masks while letting his music and electronic, hypnotic remixes speak for themselves. Seemingly focused on building a diverse discography that includes a wide range of musicians guesting on his records, it wont be surprising to randomly see Soul II Soul or Moby credited in his liner notes while hearing Little Dragon’s airy lead vocals drifting over SBTRKT’s carefully crafted tracks.
Falling into the beautiful realm of that old school Massive Attack/Chemical Brothers sound that I love so much while incorporating a modern and fresh approach to his project, SBTRKT has taken the traditional approach to the electronica/synth-pop album and puts an amazing twist on it, leaving us with an gorgeous melting pot of sound and music that is blowing my mind. With open and obvious Dub Step, GoGo, Soul, Trip Hop and African/Brazilian influences running through tracks laced with driving synth beats and lyrics that range from emotionally intense to party starting, SBTRKT has found and demonstrates a wonderful balance and understanding of all music that I am currently falling in love with. When you have songs like the urban/soul influenced “Wildfire”, the dance-beat driven “Santuary”, classically synth-pop influenced “Something Goes Right”, and club favorite “Pharaohs” hitting you back to back… you quickly realize that this is not your average album by far.
Its projects like these that make me love my job. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, something like this comes along that seamlessly transcends its own titles and my own expectations. Maybe I’m a bit excited, but this isnt even what I’m normally into musically and I LOVE IT. Thats usually the first sign of a great album. If you were into those Frank Ocean joints, Julio Bashmore or love the direction that Little Dragon is headed in, this might be something you want to check out quickly. Its real over here. Go play this album a few times. I will be, thats for sure. It’s definitely worth your time.