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Ghostpoet // The Sound of Strangers EP **FREE DOWNLOAD**

June 3, 2010

 

Recently migrated from the capital city of the West Midlands – Coventry – to the southerly climes of London, Ghostpoet looks set to make his mark on 2010. The softly spoken 24 year-old has already won 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. Taking up residence in the DJ’s radio playlists, he earned himself a slot in Gilles’ All Winners 2010 broadcast – a show reserved for his favourite tracks of the year. Pretty impressive for an unsigned bedroom producer juggling his 9-to-5 with a deep-seated passion for music.

 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’s ‘The Sound Of Strangers EP’ is available now for free download. It presents an eloquent summary of where the rapper has been… and indeed where he’s going. 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… Don’t sleep on this young, inventive, British MC – he’s destined for greatness.