For the past week of so I, Aja have been obsessed with the musical genius of SBTKRT, which is pronounced “subtract” and not “substakrit” like i’ve been calling it. They make beautiful, heartfelt, sometimes agonizingly honest music that I cannot get enough of. They use beat machines, live instruments and their voices to create the haunting sounds.
I’ve been making my Facebook friends thinkI’m some obsessive freak by listening to nothing but SBTKRT on Spotify (the creepy but awesome music website that plays whatever you like but tells all of Facebook what that is) and I am not ashamed! Just click play on the videos below to see why I can’t stop.
Here’s a little about them via Wiki:
SBTRKT (pronounced as “subtract”) is the stage name of Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London, United Kingdom. SBTRKT began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Goldie, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album. SBTRKT’s music is a mixture of two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house. His music has been placed in rotation by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6.
SBTRKT is an alias used to support the concept of anonymity. SBTRKT has explained that he’d “rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I’m not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It’s more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it.”
To further support his anonymity, SBTRKT wears modern interpretations of native society ceremonial masks designed by Hidden Place.[
SBTRKT refers also to the musical duo of Jerome and his frequent collaborator Sampha. Their live show consists of Jerome utilizing electronic and acoustic drums alongside triggering samples and using a mixing desk, whilst Sampha plays keyboards, triggers vocal loops and sings.
Something Goes Right Feat. Sampha
Trials of the Past
Wildfire Feat. Little Dragon
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