SBTRKT – Up & Down (feat. Sampha) Live

SBTRKT seems to have joined those merry few, those band of (electronic DJ) brothers that don masks/headwear for their live sets (see Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bloody Beetroots, Jaguar Skills.) But our Aaron Jerome (SBTRKT) has a deeper, more erudite reason for donning the mask. He says it “reflects that in worldwide tribal societies, wearing a specific mask would evoke the spirit of an ancestor or animal, and is prominently used in ceremony and celebration. It’s about uplifting the soul and challenging the normality of electronic music and production,” it’s also pretty sick. Despite heavy play time in the office, as of yet, we haven’t mentioned SBTRKT on VY-NLY, something that had to be rectified.

To keep the intro short and sweet, the post-dub/2step architect began his DJing career in east London club Plastic People, before wowing the internet with his hugely impressive remixes, he soon became the one to watch out for in 2011. SBTRKT is currently embarking on his very first North American fall tour, something the masked avenger has earned in bagful’s. He’s even supported Drake in Toronto on his travels; a known fan after Drizzy remixed his ‘trk’ ‘Wildfire,’ Drake is also pals with Jamie XX if you need any more post-dub links. His eponymous debut album was released in June and more than justified the hype.

His frequent falsetto voiced collaborator Sampha (who appears 6 times on the album) has joined him once again on a newly released live track, ‘Up & Down.’ As is customary with SBTRKT, the drum sequenced percussion and jovial synth combine to reflect just why his live shows are so exemplary, the vocals surf along the beat and just like the title, flows up and down; Up & Down is very much like a jazzed up James Blake track, which is a compliment, and I’m salivating at the thought of seeing him support Friendly Fires in November. And in the future, we won’t be keeping SBTRKT to ourselves ;)