By Jennifer Gannon on Friday, 20 April 2012
Let’s get one thing clear; London boy-genius Kwes aint no slouch. Yes he may have taken his own sweet time to release a new EP (almost two years to be exact) but he’s not been sitting around in his under-crackers watching ‘This Morning’, he’s been rather busy producing the likes of Dels, Speech Debelle and Michachu not to mention helping Damon Albarn with his DRC music project. Besides, Meantime is worth the wait. A captivating jumble of sunny, wonky, psych-pop genius, think Shuggie Otis twisting beats with Panda Bear and you’re half way there. Signed to Warp records his eagerly anticipated debut album will be released early next year.
There’s been a bit of a gap between EPs has all this producing malarkey been distracting?
Yeah, I guess it has been. When I was working on my first EP (No Need To Run) which was an instrumental one I was also helping out on the Dels record, it was a busy time. No Need To Runwas actually an unfinished piece of work but (record label) Young Turks were eager to get it out there and I was happy to let them do that. In between that and Meantime I put out a free download ‘Get Up’ just after Warp signed me but it that was an old track. Now I’m kinda focussing on writing and recording new stuff for my album, I think recently I’ve been getting more comfortable working as an artist not just a producer.
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