A U.K.-based MC whose beats and flow brim with drowsy anxiety, Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) became involved with music while attending university. He was a member of a grime collective but eventually gravitated toward a less energetic production sound and MC'ing style, introduced on 2010's The Sound of Strangers, a self-released four-track missive that caught the ear of BBC DJ Gilles Peterson. Peterson licensed the EP for his Brownswood label and featured a demo version of the track "Liines" on the sixth Brownswood Bubblers compilation, issued that November. The following February, Brownswood issued Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, the first Ghostpoet full-length and a Mercury Prize nominee. A subsequent alliance with the Play It Again Sam label yielded Some Say I So I Say Light, released in 2013 with Tony Allen, Lucy Rose, and This Heat's Charles Hayward among its guests. Featuring more guitar and a full band on most tracks, the 2015 album Shedding Skin was a musical departure for the artist, and featured a collaboration with indie rocker and Maximo Park vocalist Paul Smith. Dark Days & Canapés, led by the stirring single "Immigrant Boogie," arrived in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 18, 2017 | Play It Again Sam
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The surprising Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam had made Obaro Ejimiwe—better known as Ghostpoet—a true revelation of 2011. Two years later, Some Say I So I Say Light hammered it home a bit more. With Shedding Skin released at the start of 2015, the Londoner knighted by Gilles Peterson offered some kind of new start by working with new musicians. The disc was then somewhat of an oddity, looking more towards rock than electro. His singing also evolved more towards spoken word. There was some Tricky and some Radiohead in his beautiful and singular world, urban and nicely oppressive, where we crossed paths with Lucy Ross, Etta Bond, Nadine Shah, Melanie de Biasio and Paul Smith, Maxïmo Park’s singer… Ghostpoet seems to have built this Dark Days + Canapés on a similar patchwork. Produced by Leo Abrahams, who has worked with people of taste like Brian Eno, Jarvis Cocker, Carl Barât and Jon Hopkins, this fourth album laden with guitars holds the same dark and kaleidoscopic feeling: still this is an impressive way to mix electro, indie rock and soul with a sometimes cinematographic approach. It’s a rather fascinating and original disc. © MD/Qobuz
Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 7, 2011 | Brownswood Recordings
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