Ghostpoet released an album of loveably ramshackle, but hook-laden productions laced with his lazy baritone – ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ – in February 2011. It was a neat summation of the MC’s musical journey to date, but also an impressive statement of intent. The good folks at the Mercury Prize agreed and designated it “A Mercury Album Of The Year”.read more
“With lullabies to hypnotise, this somnolent spirit is sleepwalking his way to greatness”
“A mix between Mos Def’s halfhearted croon and Tunde Adebimpe [lead singer of TV On The Radio] on quaaludes”.
Patric Fallon, XLR8R
“(A voice that is) idiosyncratic. It has a quality of it’s own. Languid, laidback, pensive, wise and broken. Sad but hopeful at the same time.”
Winning over BBC Radio 1’s foremost tastemaker Gilles Peterson with a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings on modern life, Ghostpoet signed to Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings imprint in 2010 and a free EP entitled ‘The Sound Of Strangers’ sidled into the public domain in June of that year. Comprising four tracks, three original compositions blessed with playful prose, one remix of A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl)’ and a feature from left-leaning pop mastermind Micachu, it hit a hungry online audience and earned Ghostpoet a coveted spot in The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day feature as well as glowing recommendations from NME, CMJ, RCRDLBL, URB, XLR8R, Drowned In Sound and The Mercury Prize.
Born and raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica, Obaro admits that his heritage is important to him, but that it hasn’t consciously affected his musical career: “My parents enjoyed listening to music around the house but never really encouraged it as a career. I kind of pursued listening to various sounds late into the night when the house was asleep.” And as for attempting to pinpoint his tastes… it’s hard to gauge when his palette flips from Badly Drawn Boy’s ‘The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast’ (the first CD he ever bought) to the angular dynamics of the UK grime scene via Iggy Pop, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, MF Doom and Squarepusher. This was the music that captured his imagination at university, where Obaro was part of a grime collective: “One of the guys made the beats with Reason, he taught me the basics and I kind of stumbled, bumbled and fumbled my way to the present.”
Dusting himself off, Ghostpoet dropped his debut single – ‘Cash & Carry Me Home’ – on 24th January 2011, quickly followed by his album on 7th February 2011. Showcasing his loveably ramshackle, but hook-laden productions and his lazy baritone, ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ is a neat summation of the MC’s musical journey to date, but also an impressive statement of intent. Don’t sleep on this young, inventive, British MC – he’s destined for greatness.
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