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.
Record label: Warp
Release date: 30 Apr, 2012