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Rap - Released May 19, 2014 | Big Dada

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Rap - Released June 14, 2019 | Republic Records

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Stark, intimate, and crammed with difficult truths, Kate Tempest's third album holds up a mirror to reveal our most vulnerable reflections. Like a beat reporter to the soul, the London native investigates with uncanny intuition the interior dialogues, self-destructive habits, and beautiful follies of human nature and spits them back at us in gut-punch moments of warning, recognition, and clarity. Nearly three years on from 2016's similarly affecting Let Them Eat Chaos, The Book of Traps and Lessons arrives at an even grimmer moment in time, traversing rampant racism, social media escapism, political division, climate change, and Britain's ongoing post-Brexit struggles. While each of those subjects can be found within this 11-song cycle, their immediacy is balanced by the lingering sentiments of solidarity and love. Set to an elegantly minimalist backdrop of pianos, organs, strings, and textured beats by longtime collaborator Dan Carey and tonal field guide Rick Rubin, Tempest inhabits the mic with her signature nuance, fluidly transitioning between spoken word and rapped verse as each song segues deftly into the next. She plays the various roles of narrator, confessor, confidant, and prophet, warning that "we should be fasting two days out of seven, sleeping in shifts with the others who share our households" but are instead "online, venting our outrage, teaching the future that life is performance and vanity." Effectively delivered a cappella with no music or beat, that bleak centerpiece "All Humans Too Late" gets its counterweight in the defiant "Hold Your Own," which advises to "know the wolves that hunt you, in time they will be the dogs that bring your slippers, love them right." Tempest's talent in the literary world as a poet, novelist, and playwright has been justly celebrated, but she is still at her best as a performer, delivering her work verbally, lingering here and there, quavering when needed, framing questions, summoning anger, then letting the needle drop right on the beat. Emotionally, there's a lot to unpack, but the need to feel and engage more deeply is one of her primary decrees, and this powerful album is a lesson worth learning. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Rap - Released October 7, 2016 | Kate Calvert Records

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Rap - Released June 14, 2019 | Republic Records

Stark, intimate, and crammed with difficult truths, Kate Tempest's third album holds up a mirror to reveal our most vulnerable reflections. Like a beat reporter to the soul, the London native investigates with uncanny intuition the interior dialogues, self-destructive habits, and beautiful follies of human nature and spits them back at us in gut-punch moments of warning, recognition, and clarity. Nearly three years on from 2016's similarly affecting Let Them Eat Chaos, The Book of Traps and Lessons arrives at an even grimmer moment in time, traversing rampant racism, social media escapism, political division, climate change, and Britain's ongoing post-Brexit struggles. While each of those subjects can be found within this 11-song cycle, their immediacy is balanced by the lingering sentiments of solidarity and love. Set to an elegantly minimalist backdrop of pianos, organs, strings, and textured beats by longtime collaborator Dan Carey and tonal field guide Rick Rubin, Tempest inhabits the mic with her signature nuance, fluidly transitioning between spoken word and rapped verse as each song segues deftly into the next. She plays the various roles of narrator, confessor, confidant, and prophet, warning that "we should be fasting two days out of seven, sleeping in shifts with the others who share our households" but are instead "online, venting our outrage, teaching the future that life is performance and vanity." Effectively delivered a cappella with no music or beat, that bleak centerpiece "All Humans Too Late" gets its counterweight in the defiant "Hold Your Own," which advises to "know the wolves that hunt you, in time they will be the dogs that bring your slippers, love them right." Tempest's talent in the literary world as a poet, novelist, and playwright has been justly celebrated, but she is still at her best as a performer, delivering her work verbally, lingering here and there, quavering when needed, framing questions, summoning anger, then letting the needle drop right on the beat. Emotionally, there's a lot to unpack, but the need to feel and engage more deeply is one of her primary decrees, and this powerful album is a lesson worth learning. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Humour/Spoken Word - Released September 12, 2019 | Republic Records

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Rap - Released October 7, 2016 | Kate Calvert Records

On the masterful follow-up to her Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Everybody Down, British poet/rapper Kate Tempest offers a vivid portrait of human failings and worldly tumult as seen through the microcosm of an unnamed South London street at 4:18 A.M. The simplicity of the spoken word is used to great effect as she begins in widescreen, zooming in first on our sun, solar system, and finally on Earth. Tranquil and soft from a distance, the lens soon magnifies a geographical pin prick amid what is soon painted as the unsteady chaos of a city, and with this deft introduction, Tempest tosses the listener into the fray, putting in motion an interlocking group of narratives set to producer Dan Carey's skittering beats and dynamic electro backdrop. The characters of Let Them Eat Chaos are often trapped by circumstance or their own shortcomings, searching for meaning, redemption, or simply relief, and, as of 4:18am, are the only seven people currently awake on their street. In the two years since her debut, Tempest has published not only a new collection of poetry, but her first novel as well, and her skill at storytelling allows her to portray big ideas -- gentrification, climate change, political unrest -- on a small canvas. Half-spoken, half-rapped, the 13 tracks on Let Them Eat Chaos follow the inner and outer journeys of the inhabitants as they leave their private worlds to eventually discover each other's existence. It's a fascinating work of words, for sure, but the weight of Carey's arrangements and the Tempest's surprisingly nimble touch as an emcee make for something distinctive and essential. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 27, 2020 | Republic Records

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Rap - Released May 12, 2014 | Big Dada

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Rap - Released November 25, 2015 | Kate Calvert Records

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Rap - Released October 20, 2014 | Big Dada

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Rap - Released January 21, 2015 | Big Dada

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Rap - Released October 6, 2016 | Caroline Distribution

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Rap - Released September 15, 2017 | Kate Calvert Records

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 27, 2020 | Republic Records

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Rap - Released September 15, 2017 | Kate Calvert Records

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Literature - Released October 12, 2018 | Hibrow -OMiP

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Kate Tempest in the magazine
  • Tempest of Words
    Tempest of Words Whilst sticking to her roots in slam poetry, the British rapper Kate Tempest throws the macho world of hip-hop into chaos…