The end of this month will see Kwes’ first major release on Warp Records, and the taster track ‘Bashful’ has whetted our appetite nicely. A classic case of the ‘backroom boy’ (we’re not sure the phrase’s Victorian workhouse overtones quite do the man justice) coming to the fore, having tweaked and twiddled for the best and brightest during his short career (he’s 24) he’s now reluctantly stepping forward with four pieces of zeitgeisty alt-pop.
His production track record is impressive to say the least. He has worked with (take a deep breath…) the xx, Joe Goddard, Damon Albarn’s Monkey opera, Zero 7, DELS and Speech Debelle, he was in Ebony Bones, spent July in 2011 visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo with T.E.E.D and others (where they recorded an album with Congolese musicians) and has toured with Leftfield. Massively jel.
Chances to see Kwes step out of the shadows are plentiful in the coming months, including a turn at the previously-blogged Land Of Kings and a fascinating-looking night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Micachu as part of their ‘genre-colliding’ Kwesachu project. We say ease into the week with this dreamy tune, then go and see the man himself serenade you live.