October saw SBTRKT conclude a hugely successful year of worldwide touring with two sold out shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Anyone whose seen SBTRKT’s show will know he’s mastered the art of translating his electronic productions into an enthralling live show, alongside frequent collaborator Sampha. Wanting to capture the magic they created on stage SBTRKT commissioned a 12 camera crew and assigned each one to capture a different element of the show. The results can be viewed up top.
Both the videos and audio are available to download now, exclusively on iTunes. Additionally Young Turks will be releasing ‘LIVE’ as a limited run of 500 LP / DVD packages housed in hand-screen-printed sleeves – more info here.
Very little can to be said about Koreless and Sampha that hasn’t already been said a million times on the blogophsere. Unsurprising then that their pairing as Short Stories and the arrival of their single ‘On the Way’ got a lot of people excited. The song originally surfaced a while ago and then again a few weeks back on Boiler Room, but now it’s ready for official release. The single’s b-side ‘Let It Go’ was also originally unveiled back in ’11, take a (re)listen to that below too. Pre-order both here on 12″ and digital formats.
Still waiting for this to receive an official release date….
In the interim, Scottish producer, Koreless provides a preview for his forthcoming new track. Interesting sounds here – comforting and steady bass, with an intense female voice wandering throughout. Part breathy, part distorted, part creepy but it all works. To give the track it’s force of industrial British sounds, Koreless throws in some twinkling mind blown beeps too.
We’ll never forget falling in love with Jessie Ware when we heard her distinctively cool vocals on ‘Valentine’ with Sampha last year. Since then, we’ve all gotten to know a little more about her through a selection of impeccably good singles (‘Strangest Feeling’, ‘Running’, ’110%’, ‘Devotion’) all leading up to the release of her debut album Devotion. Now, in what seems like a spontaneous response to the blue skies above London, Ware has let loose a brand new song produced by Sampha.
‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ is an elegant, 90′s inspired cover of Bobby Caldwell’s 1978 classic (famously sampled by 2Pac & Aaliyah). This is everything.
Download for free via Jessie’s facebook page – here.
Jessie Ware is unquestionably one of the most exciting artists emerging from the UK right now. After a string of high profile collaborations with the likes of SBTRKT & Sampha, she’s currently preparing the release of her debut album, due out this summer.
With two incredible singles under her belt (‘Strangest Feeling’ & ‘Running’), we linked up with the South Londoner to shoot some exclusive performances of tracks taken from her forthcoming LP for our Rehearsal Rooms series.
Premiered here exclusively – ‘Devotion’ is the 80′s inspired cut Jessie performed for us at the famed Red Bull Studios in London. Backed by her band (which included The Invisibles‘ Dave Okumu), the seductive track takes shape through nimble Funk riffs, sexy guitar licks and the kind of vocal delivery that certifies why this lady is fast becoming the new queen of effortless cool in British music…
The good folks over at 3RRR-FM in Australia hit us up about the show they recently did with Sampha, who’s been on tour down under with masked wayfarer SBTRKT. He performed ‘If Only a Friend’ and ‘Indecision’ live in the studio, playing keys to accompany, as well as previewing a number of new tracks. Not only that, but he also drops a ‘Sampha remix’ of Zero 7′s ‘Swing’. The show also includes an interview with the smooth-voiced singer.
The entire show is filled with selections so you wouldn’t be wasting time listening all the way through. But if you want to skip straight to the Sampha section – scrub to the 53 minute mark.
Cult label Young Turks were invited to FBi Radio in Australia to take over their midday show, Monday to Friday (30.01.12 – 03.02.12). As you’d imagine their shows have been jam packed with exclusives thus far; Not only are they playing the dopest music but also featuring live sessions from Sampha, Glasser, Chairlift and a live down the phone session from Willis Earle Beale, plus interviews from the likes of Tanlines and Jack Penate. There’s tons more in there – including an exclusive new jam from Jamie XX – and loads more coming in the next week.
No need for such things if you’re lucky enough to live, work or visit London this month. There is a little something for everyone. Despite a bit of a slow start in the live scene, mid month things are starting to kick off with the likes of Ledisi, Lana Del Rey and Childish Gambino in town. Also Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2012 holds a stellar line up this weekend. Can expect Thundercat, SBTRKT, Julio Bashmore, BADBADNOTGOOD et al.