Occasionally I like to buy random music by people I've not heard before, as I like to be surprised and enlightened by new sounds. SBTRKT (great name by the way!) filled this requirement perfectly.
On first listen it's hard to know what to make of this... First ten minutes are confusing for a newbie - what is this? house, dnb, or soul? experimental dance music or obscure r'n'b?
The answer is a fantastic hybrid of many styles, driven most heavily perhaps by a cocktail of styles based on dubstep and minimal progressive house.
This album wraps its arms around you and makes you let go of preconceptions or labels and you find yourself enjoying it regardless of your tastes or the predefined musical genres of our time.
With such catchy tunes as the bouncy 'Pharoahs' and the drum and bass subtlety of 'Right Thing To Do', there is evidence of a melodic master at work here.
I'm totally sold on SBTRKT as a concept - a masked musical loner doing his own thing, disregarding all preconceptions and genres, yet giving us carefully crafted and tightly produced music.
His featured vocalists are great - although his main co-star (Samprah?) has a smooth half-rapping, half-singing cockerny-ish voice which might grate for some. My advice would be, give it a chance. SBTRKT and his vocalist have a genuine heart which comes through in the music. These are enjoyable, harmonious sounds that will appeal to music fans of all walks of life, including clubbers, drivers and bedroom listeners alike.
I guarantee at least some of the tunes on this CD will stick in your head for a long time... in a good way.