SBTRKT has proven mastery over his craft, as well as shown that he can work with just about anyone and still put out some of the most developed and evolved music production out there. The features lineup includes Ezra Koenig, Raury, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, and A$AP Ferg. This collaboration remains cohesive because SBTRKT plays on each individual artist's unique musical strengths and sound, from alert raps to slower, spookier tracks. Even with all of these intensely different featured artists, SBTRKT values tight and purposeful arrangements over showy, overdone tracks. The focus of the entire album is solely on the chemistry of the songs with their respective vocalists, with the beats being just another part of that equation.
Wonder Where We Land by SBTRKT is ultimately a spooktakular and highly enjoyable future-pop record. He is good. Damn good. And this album graciously bestows us fifteen heaping tracks (twenty-one on the deluxe version) of pure, simple, vividly memorable bliss, where the only regret by the end of the album is that it isn't any longer. The good news is that when you push the repeat button for the fifth time, you will only be up in the sky again and kept guessing where exactly you're going to land.
FOCUS TRACKS: NEW DORP. NEW YORK, Wonder Where We'll Land, Lantern, Higher, Voices in my Head, Spaced out, Temporary View
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You can hear this album and more indie jams during The Basement on KUMD 103.3 FM Duluth Public Radio – student run radio every night after 9 o'clock! Stream online at KUMD.org. The Basement is Duluth Underground Radio.