Now we want to talk about Kwes’ EP Meantime. The 24-year-old producer presented his debut EP for Warp last month and has become one of our favourite EPs of the year, and ‘lgoyh’ is probably the best track on it. ‘Igoyh’ closes the EP in beautiful fashion, with Kwes really showcasing his incredible songwriting ability. It really floored us when we first heard it, but in reality the EP is exactly what he’s been promising for some time now.
At it’s core ‘Igoyn’ is a soulful track but a lot of different elements have gone into it – from the celestial xylophone, to the grungy guitar heard under an army of layers which include typewriter effects, beautifully arranged keys and more - all helping to conclude a wonderful 7 minute escapade of sounds, colours and shapes.
Kwes has certainly hit a creative stride here, having worked with a long list of impressive acts (The xx, Joe Goddard, Damon Albarn etc), it’s great to see him out in front, showcasing his talents as a solo artist.
Last month Kwes dropped the first single called ‘Bashful’:
There‘s no end to the talents of 25-year-old east Londoner Micachu.
Comprised of Raisa K, Marc Withasee & Micachu, Micachu & the Shapes began in 2009 halfway through the making of Micachu’s debut release ‘Jewellery’ (Rough Trade) which she worked on with Matthew Herbert, resulting in half that album being recorded with The Shapes and half her own electronic solo work. Since then the band have toured extensively in the U.S., Europe & Australia.
Micachu & Raisa remix under the guise ‘M.A.T.H.E.S’ for artists including The XX, Metronomy, Roots Manuva, Konono No.1 and Jamie Liddell.
Micachu has also released four mixtapes available for free download: ‘Filthy Friends’, ‘Kwesachu vol.1 w/ Kwes’, ‘Kwake Bass VS Micachu – Meat Batch’ and ‘Chopped&Screwed’ mixtape, hosted by Brother May which samples from the London Sinfonetta & Micachu & The Shapes ‘Chopped & Screwed’ album.