Although not as immediate as his collaborators’ work, his introversion pulls you into his unique soundscape
London producer Kwes has added his intimate electronica to The xx, toured with Bobby Womack’s band and been sampled by Kanye. But these endorsements don’t seem to have boosted his confidence, and this debut initially sounds low-key to the point of negligible. It’s not until you listen on headphones that it opens up a new world. Play it this way and the looped beats and string samples of ‘Hives’ are richer, his cracked baritone on ‘Cablecar’ melts gorgeously into its warped backdrop, and the low-key pop of ‘B_shf_l’ and ‘Rollerblades’ hint at crossover potential. Although not as immediate as his collaborators’ work, his introversion pulls you into his unique soundscape.
Record label: Warp
Release date: 14 Oct, 2013