The English charts have been alight with dance and electronic music, and London-based producer SBTRKT is poised to join those ranks with his self-titled debut LP. SBTRKT’s lush soundscapes are enhanced by vocals from Swedish electro band Little Dragon. His expert production turns each voice into an instrument all its own, subject to the splicing and distortion that makes SBTRKT so appealing.
For instance, the vocal track on “Wildfire” is distorted to the point that the pitch is almost painful to the ear. It takes a beautiful female voice and pushes it towards the limits of sound, but the beat still makes it irresistibly catchy. “Pharoahs,” the album’s longest track at just over five minutes, has a slinky rhythm and keys that are reminiscent of a video game. “Go Bang” closes the record with churning, bleeping, stomping intensity.
Borrowing dubstep’s ear for rhythm and dance’s appeal, SBTRKT demonstrates that he’s much more than a DJ and remix artist. He is poised to find order in noise and to cherry pick the best collaborations that work with his sound without having their names overshadow the project as a whole.