SBTRKT – Hold On

I have to admit that I never fully understood how Wildfire could have become the lead single to SBTRKT‘s self-titled album, but then I’ve never been much of a Little Dragon fan. The second single off the album is much more of my liking and it has all the potential to become an equal success.

SBTRKT - Hold On01. Hold On (feat. Sampha)
02. Ride To Freedom
03. Hold On (Sisi Bak Bak rmx)

With the masked face on the cover, Hold On follows the tradition of Soundboy Shift, Step In Shadows, Living Like I Do and of course the album. Apart from the “limited edition deluxe 3D-effect lenticular sleeve”, the real highlight is the new track Ride To Freedom. There’s also a remix by Sisi Bak Bak, but like previous remixes it’s kind of a let down if you ask me.

Nevertheless, I’m looking forward getting my hands on this. The digital release is already available on Bleep, the vinyl will follow rather late on May 7th, 2012.

May 28, 2012 I’ve just been informed by Bleep staff, that the release has been pushed back to June 18th. I don’t know if all pre-orders are affected by the delay.

Weekly Bits 6/2012

It’s been a week full of Dilla, no doubt about that. Like every year, people around the world payed tribute in various ways and I’d like to highlight some of them.

Do the Dilla is a free compilation with tracks from Mr. Dibiase, Ta-Ku, Abby Lee Tee and many others.

Another compilation comes from our friends at Two Hungry Ghosts. It’s called For Dilla and comes with beats from AD Bourke and Mecca:83 among others.

We haven’t heard from Waajeed for a while, but the Detroit-based producer relaunched his Bling47 website with a couple of videos worth checking out. Another good read can be found on, who talked to Waajeed about his favourite Dilla samples.

I’m sure there has been a lot more. If you came across something worth mentioning, feel free to leave a comment.

In other news, I might interest you in Sonali Aggarwal’s documentary From Jack to Juke: 25 Years of Ghetto House. Runs for about an hour and you can expect what the title says.

The latest episode of Stylin’ has Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) on the show. Highly recommend show, Ennio Styles nailed it once again.

Lastly, witness Frenchman Nemoy as he mashes up Freddie Hubbard with Roy Ayers in this live jam called Everybody Loves Red Clay.

SBTRKT – Live at iTunes Festival

Since we first mentioned London’s SBTRKT two years ago, the man has come a long way. After a bunch of terrific 12-inches, he released his debut album not long ago. The next step are his live shows with longtime partner Sampha, like this one for iTunes Festival.

You can download the entire show for a limited time, also make sure to check out the videos from the same event.

If you want to catch a show yourself, here’s the tour schedule for the rest of the year.

SBTRKT – Hold On (live at Maida Vale)

With SBTRKT‘s self-titled album being only a couple of days from entering record stores around the world, the masked producer has uploaded this live version of the album track “Hold On”.

Vocals are once again delivered by longtime collaborator Sampha, but the situation on the album is quite different. To get a better idea, why don’t you listen to the entire album on the stream?

SBTRKT – Trials of the Past (live at Abbey Road)

Following the recent session with Mount Kimbie, this time it’s SBTRKT performing a track off his forthcoming album for Abbey Road Debuts.

If you can’t see the video above, you need to head over to Vimeo where the embedding limitations don’t apply. UK residents can also watch the entire session on the Channel 4 website.

Next up is the SBTRKT album, a 12-inch teaser is already available. Also make sure to grab the free track if you haven’t yet!

SBTRKT & Sampha – Heatwave

You have probably heard this one on the latest show from Benji B, but SBTRKT just posted this to his SoundCloud page. It’s a new track with Sampha, recorded live on the show and I love those rolling drums towards the end.

The entire show is still available on the iPlayer, recordings of the show are also in circulations on the usual sites.

Weekly Bits 24/2010

Despite the ongoing World Cup, I think it’s time to revive that old fashion of weekly bits again.

With Form, producer AFTA-1 presents his latest art project: 100 cassettes with all new music, each wrapped in 1/100th piece of a painting. And if you threw your last walkman away 15 years ago, you can get a digital version as well!

Mixtape-wise, I was mostly listening to the latest Beats in Space show with Kompakt head Michael Mayer (and his set from Sunday Best) or James Holden’s guestmix for the XLR8R Podcast. You might also be interested in this free Jeremiah Jae mixtape or the Kirk Degiorgio podcast for Bleep43

New in stores are the Break Off EP by SBTRKT & Sampha with two tracks first heard on their Worldwide appearance, a picture disc (!) by Jimmy Edgar with a nice Kyle Hall remix, or a new one from Martyn on Ostgut Ton. You might also want to check out the debut album from Swede:art, now available on CD and download.

Recommended free tracks come from Kelpe, fLako and Greymatter.

If you’re into photography, have a look at these portraits by Morgan O’Donovan. He’s had the likes of SBTRKT, Pariah, Brackles, Sinden or Greenmoney in front of his camera.

A bit older, but never mentioned: Flying Lotus interviews Ikonika, SBTRKT mix for Benji B.

SBTRKT & Sampha on Worldwide

Anonymous producer SBTRKT was Gilles Peterson’s guest on the Worldwide show last week. Together with singer Sampha, he performed a live-session that can already be called a highlight of the year.

01. SBTRKT & Sampha – Evening Glow
02. SBTRKT – Colonise feat. Sampha
03. SBTRKT – Migration
04. SBTRKT – 2020
05. Modeselektor – Art & Cash (SBTRKT Remix)
06. SBTRKT & Sampha – Break Off

If you haven’t been lucky getting one of the limited 12-inches from SBTRKT, there are a couple of regular releases to look out for in the coming weeks. His remix for Berlin-based duo Modeselektor is supposed to come out on February 22, 2010.