Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Ballroom Blitz!: SBTRKT & Ezra Koenig - "NEW DORP, NEW YORK" (Young Turks)


"did a song with @SBTRKT called "NEW DORP, NEW YORK" - listen 2 the radio 1 rip if u like" Columbia scholar @arzE Koenig Tweeted late Tuesday afternoon. The mysterious masked London-based producer has been hinting at the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed self-titled 2011 LP for quite some time now and recently released a series of mid-album Transitions EP's. Wonder Where We Land will see a wide release on Young Turks this forthcoming September 22-23rd; SBTRKT has recruited his frequent collaborators Sampha and Jessie Ware along with Chairlift songstress Caroline Polachek, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Denai Moore, Koreless, Raury, and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. The aforementioned Koenig-featuring track, "NEW DORP, NEW YORK," serves as the album's lead/teaser single; it's a weirdly fitting modern mash-up of Post-Dubstep break-beats and a slightly re-tooled infamous line cherry-picked from "Ballroom Blitz" ("and he thinks I'm the negative one"). Not entirely unlike his former "Step" Wintertime Remix collaborators, Ezra Koenig half-sings half-raps, "Flag flapping The Manhattan / New Dorp New York / Gargoyles gargling oil / Peak of the empire, top of the rock." It's a little hard to tell this early on, but it seems like Ezra Koenig and the above chronicled genre-blending guest list will likely help add another layer of depth to SBTRKT's already progressive sound.


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