His voice underwhelms throughout
From SBTRKT to Jai Paul, the UK boasts a remarkable array of producers making twisted robotic soul which combines a love of US R&B with a very British affection for warped electronics. Kwes, a London producer who’s worked with everyone from The xx to Damon Albarn, is the latest in this starry line. ‘Meantime’ is his debut for Warp, and is more of a bookmark than a landmark release. It shows off production skills – the bubbling rhythm that runs through ‘Bashful’, for example – and songwriting nous. But Kwes’ voice underwhelms throughout, as if he’s embarrassed by his own singing, and he ends up underselling the songs into which he’s put so much effort.