Following the unveiling of ‘New York, New Dorp’ and ‘Temporary Views’, this week SBTRKT drops his third single from ‘Wonder Where We Land’. The masked electronic producer has enlisted the likes of Jessie Ware, Sampha and A$AP Ferg to feature on his second LP, due for release on September 23 via Young Turks.
‘Higher’ is a sinister balance of hypnotic synths and crisp bars from Raury, an up and coming rapper from Atlanta. The young talent has already set the bar high with his ‘Indigo Child’ mixtape, and with the support of Kanye and fellow ATLiens Outkast, he’s destined for greatness. SBTRKT takes a back seat with haunting melodies, allowing Raury’s words to zig-zag alongside the relentless drumbeat. Topped off with an intense outro of oscillating bell chimes and pleas of ‘Lord! Lord!’, this dark single isn’t one for the dancefloor, but nonetheless is a stunning showcase of raw lyrical ability and refined electronic music production.
– Isa Jaward