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Stream SBTRKT Transitions EP

The masked British producer SBTRKT hasn’t yet announced a follow-up album to his excellent 2011 self-titled debut. But last month, he shared a new track called “Hold The Line” and announced plans to release a series of instrumental 12″ EPs called Transitions, which he’d crank out before giving us that new album that he’s bee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2014 - 12:21 pm

SBTRKT – “Hold The Line”

Some excellent news from the masked British dance producer SBTRKT: He’s finally working on a new album, the follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut, which still sounds like the future. But before he gets to that album, he’ll also have a pile of new music: A series of instrumental 12″ singles over the next couple… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

SBTRKT – “r u n a w a y” (feat. Jessie Ware, Sampha, & Tic)

On New Years Eve, the great British producer SBTRKT played the giant Young Turks party in Mexico City, which also featured the xx, Grimes, and others. For the last track in his set, SBTRKT played “r u n a w a y,” a short and unreleased two-year-old track that featured frequent collaborators Jessie Ware and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 11:04 am

Check Out A New SBTRKT Audio/Visual Experiment

Two years ago, with his self-titled debut, SBTRKT established a serrated, architecturally precise sound that existed somewhere at the intersection of dance, pop, and R&B, and that style has a lot to do with the respective cutting edges of all three genres right now. But other than the occasional one-off track or remix, we haven’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 10:16 am


SBTRKT shared a new song this morning via Twitter, “IMO.” He posted a YouTube link also featuring visuals by Lorenzo Durantini and A Hidden Place. SBTRKT followed up by explaining: “p.s its not a ‘single’/ planned campaign/ album promo hype thing. just music i want to share.” Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / September 14, 2013 - 2:47 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week saw a of new tunes from heavy-hitters (Beck with guest Kim Gordon), comeback cuts from old favorites (the Dismemberment Plan, Mazzy Star), and an odd cocktail of indie rock and rap (Black Noi$e’s remix of Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire). What reeled us in this week? Another cross-genre… More »

By: Stereogum / July 19, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Drake – “Girls Love Beyoncé (SBTRKT Edit)”

Drake and the endlessly sharp and oblique London dance producer SBTRKT have come together before, when Drake dropped a verse on a remix of SBTRKT’s track “Wildfire.” And now SBTRKT has returned the favor, putting together a remix of “Girls Love Beyoncé,” the soft and pillowy slow jam that Drake released earlier this summer. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2013 - 9:12 am

Drake – “The Motion” & “Jodeci Freestyle”

October’s Very Own took to their Blogspot this morning to post two new Drake songs. One is “The Motion,” a song about shallow relationships featuring vocals by Sampha of SBTRKT. The other new song is “Jodeci Freestyle” featuring J. Cole. OVO also posted two new songs that feature Drake, collaborations with Migos and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Hear… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 22, 2013 - 11:16 am

SBTRKT – “Trials Of The Past” Video (NSFW)

“Trials Of The Past” is one of the 2011 SBTRKT LP’s standouts, which is saying something since it’s one of the most filler-free electronic albums of the past few years. (Fun note: That album is almost two years old, and you are getting old!) Sampha’s voice is in the full expression of its butterglory here,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 14, 2013 - 2:48 pm

SBTRKT – “Terminal”

As he likes to do, SBTRKT posted a bubbly one-off jam to his Soundcloud page called “Terminal.” Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 2, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: M83, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, & More

For Sunday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Saturday’s recap and photos, click here.
Friday’s recap below…

12:00 p.m. @ The Playstation Stage: First Aid Kit I eased into Lollapalooza’s chaos slowly, with an early set by First Aid Kit — two sisters, Klara and Johanna Soderberg, from Sweden, ages 18… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

SBTRKT – “Gloss”

SBTRKT uploaded another free-streamer to Soundcloud this morning with “Gloss,” an uplifting, onomatopoeically titled track with production as lustrous and light as its name suggests. The last time he did something like this, with “gamelana,” SBTRKT included the note “back in the studio. working towards eps/ album/ etc…. something new – no plan for it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 23, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Movement Electronic Music Festival 2012 In Photos

Over the long weekend Detroit hosted the Movement Electronic Music Festival, an event that featured people like Public Enemy, Major Lazer, SBTRKT, Araabmuzik and many more in the city’s Hart Plaza. Chris Atto was there to document. This gallery’s a little more scenery-heavy than usual, which is because some of the images make the fest… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 30, 2012 - 9:24 am

SBTRKT – “gamelena”

Just posted to SBTRKT’s Soundcloud account, with the note:

back in the studio. working towards eps/ album/ etc…. something new – no plan for it – just thought id share

No idea what a “gamelena” is, and there isn’t any real sonic connection between the cut and Indonesian gamelan music (which… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Frank Ocean – “Whip Appeal (SBTRKT Remix)”

Here Frank Ocean’s pretty girl/sports car paean “Whip Appeal” gets some beat modification at the hands of XL’s vowelless all-caps post-everything production wunderkind SBTRKT. Said remixer uploaded his take on the track to Soundcloud last night, saying: “made this edit to play at my williamsburg gig last week in NY. its nothing crazy. just some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 12, 2012 - 10:48 am

SBTRKT – “Hold On” Video

A haunting, painful scene replays for the protagonist in SBTRKT’s “Hold On” video, an eerie clip that holds up to the tracks own icy pleas and textures. Sam Pilling directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 28, 2012 - 12:11 pm

SBTRKT – “Surely”

The masked post-dubstep dance producer SBTRKT, still riding high on last year’s justly lauded self-titled album, recently posted a bonus track from the album called “Surely” on his Soundcloud. It’s a characteristically catchy and wobbly instrumental jam with some cinematically woozy organ-smashing. Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2012 - 8:51 am

SBTRKT – “Hold On (Sisi BakBak Remix)”

Later this month, SBTRKT’s new single “Hold On” will drop digitally, and today he played a remix of that track on KEXP. Thanks to some on-air clues, Pitchfork hypothesizes that SiSi BakBak is an alias for a certain post-rocking, spastic dancing frontman. Stream the remix, as well as another cut from SBTRKT’s forthcoming release, dow… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 17, 2012 - 4:30 pm

SBTRKT – “Atomic Peace”

The masked London bass-pop producer SBTRKT had a massive 2011, but he’d been kicking around for a while before dropping his pretty-great self-titled album. The never-released 2009 track “Atomic Peace,” which SBTRKT recently posted to his Soundcloud, never even saw release; its biggest moment until now was when it turned up in a mix that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2012 - 11:23 am

SBTRKT Covers Friendly Fires

UK electro stylemasher SBTRKT took to BBC 1 Live Lounge today to premiere a cover of Friendly Fires’ “Blue Casette.” SBTRKT also played his own “Hold On” from SBTRKT. Frequent SBTRKT collaborator Sampha’s here singing on both. Check ‘em after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 6, 2012 - 11:04 am