SBTRKT - Wonder When We Land

Three years ago, the masked, mysterious London dance producer SBTRKT released his self-titled debut album, which showed how sparse, architectural club music could absolutely work as pop if you did it right. The album helped introduce singers like Jessie Ware and Sampha, and when Drake jumped on a remix a few months later, that just sounded right. SBTRKT went away for a little while after that, returning a few months ago with an instrumental EP called Transitions and a new Sampha collab called “Temporary View.” And now he’s announced the release of Wonder When We Land, his next proper album. The first single is called “NEW DORP. NEW YORK”; it’s a bubbly, inviting banger with a slippery, sidelong vocal from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, who sounds right at home on this. The song is an absolute monster, and it debuted on BBC radio earlier today. Listen to it below.

Wonder When We Land is out 9/23 on Young Turks. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Day 1″
02 “Wonder Where We Land” (feat. Sampha)
03 “Lantern”
04 “Higher” (feat. Raury)
05 “Day 5″
06 “Look Away” (feat. Caroline Polachek)
07 “Osea” (feat. Koreless)
08 “Temporary View” (feat. Sampha)
09 “NEW DORP. NEW YORK” (feat Ezra Koenig)
10 “Everybody Knows”
11 “Problem (Solved)” (feat. Jessie Ware)
12 “If It Happens” (feat. Sampha)
13 “Gon Stay” (feat. Sampha)
14 “The Light” (feat. Denai Moore)
15 “Voices In My Head” (feat. A$AP Ferg)

Comments (11)
  1. If you really think this song really is an “absolute monster” and a “banger” then one of us is losing our minds.

    Disregarding even the quality of the song (which I think sounds like a children’s rhyme on top of boring faux-funk) nothing about this “bangs” in the least

  2. Bit of a different direction for SBTRKT.

    • For sure, and I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. Seems to be lacking a bit of the emotion that I loved so much on the last album. Transitions felt the same way to me.

  3. SBTRKT is capable of better, but I’m not surprised this is the first single.

  4. The little part where the beat goes away destroys the song. It’s got that great beat and Ezra is just killing it on the vocal and then…..blip, blip, blip, hiss, hiss, hiss.

  5. Just because two great musicians are collaborating does not make a song instantly great. There’s no other way to say this… this song is terrible.

  6. I don’t think it’s terrible at all. It might even be growing into the “I like it” area for me. But it’s nowhere near the greatness of of my favorite SBTRKT songs.

  7. It’s the first single off of a 15 track LP, with a 6 track Bonus Deluxe Disc; I doubt this is a good representation of the entire album.

    If it was, though, I would still be pretty damn happy. It’s a great experimental bass track with a super minimal approach. The sounds are beautifully balanced, it’s simple and clean, and it flows like water. Never underestimate a well placed Tom Drum.

    Rattle those chains, Sbtrkt, I’ll follow right along!

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