SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land - 2014 Downtempo Electronic - Sealed 180 Grm LP + Pic Disc
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land - 2014 Downtempo Dubstep UK Garage 2LP
Label: Young Turks
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, 12", Picture Disc
Deluxe Edition includes bonus Zoetrope Picture Disc with 7 extra tracks. Contains sticker with digital download code. Gatefold sleeve.
All Media, Deluxe Edition
Released: Sep 2014
Style: UK Garage, Downtempo
A1 Day 1
A2 Wonder Where We Land
A5 Day 5
A6 Look Away
A8 Temporary View
B1 New Dorp. New York.
B2 Everybody Knows
B3 Problem (Solved)
B4 If It Happens
B5 Gon Stay
B6 The Light
B7 Voices In My Head
C2 Paper Cuts
C3 War Drums
C4 Spaced Out
Since the release of his debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has cemented his role as one of the most acclaimed electronic artists and performers around. What began as praise in his hometown of London has now reached to every corner of the globe.
Wonder Where We Land follows his now critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent series of six instrumentals called Transitions which existed to join the creative dots between the first and second albums. Album sessions began on Osea Island, a tidal island in an estuary off Essex where the winding coastal road is submerged for 8 in every 12 hours.
It was here that SBTRKT began the early stages of the recording process, inviting a host of collaborators to join him record throughout the night free from any distraction the tapes continuously rolled, animation was projected on the walls and every creative impulse was documented. Inspired by this new open method of recording, and ready to focus his new found ideas into more intense sessions, SBTRKT visited America armed with a wish list of collaborators to track down. It was here he worked with newcomer Raury, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, A$AP Ferg and Emily Kokal from Warpaint.
For the follow up to his 2011 eponymous debut, Electronic wunderkind SBTRKT enlists an impressive array of friends, from A$AP Ferg, to Jessie Ware, to Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.
The result is nothing short of spectacular. Moody bass-heavy soundscapes with Jazzy piano riffs sitting side by side with bleeps and echoey effects. Title track "Wonder Where We Land" featuring his frequent collaborator Sampha is a prime example. Sampha also lends his soulful croon to the futuristic R&B "Temporary View", the brief piano ballad "If It Happens", and the groovy "Gon Stay" with a bubbly bassline and a breathless-sounding vocal.
"Lantern" is a swirling instrumental with staccato beats, while "Higher" features 18 year old unknown Raury singing/rapping atop the broody bass. The cinematic "Look Away" features Caroline Polachek followed by the floaty instrumental "Osea" with chirpy effects.
The rhythmic "New Dorp, New York" juxtaposes a skeletal groove to a pulsing beat with a sung/spoken delivery by Ezra Koenig. "Everybody Knows" is a woozy near instrumental that recalls Flying Lotus. Jessie Ware's velvety croon floats delicately above the piano-sprinkled R&B approximation, supremely beautiful. Battling this for the album highlight is the falsetto-sung glitchy atmospheric "The Light" featuring Denai Moore. A$AP Ferg raps on closing cut "Voices In My Head", a trippy Jazzy piece with awry sounding beats and intricate production; a tinkle of piano here, a snare there.
It takes a lot of talent and hard work to sound this easy and unassuming. An absolutely captivating collection that draws you in more and more.
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
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SBTRKT - Temporary View (ft. Sampha)
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SBTRKT - Lantern
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SBTRKT - NEW DORP. NEW YORK. ft. Ezra Koenig (Official Video)
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SBTRKT - Higher (ft. Raury)
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SBTRKT - Everybody Knows
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SBTRKT FT. ASAP FERG - Voices In My Head
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