1. Survive It
2. Cash And Carry Me Home
Recently migrated from the capital city of the West Midlands – Coventry – to the southerly climes of London, Ghostpoet's definitely a name to watch in 2011.
Born and raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica, Obaro admits that his heritage is important to him, but that it hasn't consciously affected his musical career: "My parents enjoyed listening to music around the house but never really encouraged it as a career. I kind of pursued listening to various sounds late into the night when the house was asleep." And as for attempting to pinpoint his tastes… it's hard to gauge when his palette flips from Badly Drawn Boy's "The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast" (the first CD he ever bought) to the angular dynamics of the UK grime scene via Iggy Pop, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, MF Doom and Squarepusher.
Opener "Onetwos" is a distorted and warped microphone check which slithers hypnotically into "Run Run Run" which twists and turns, drawing you into the dark and brooding atmosphere that "Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam" is drenched in. The DIY nuances of tracks like "Us Against Whatever Ever" aids in the intimacy one feels with Ghostpoet, as we embark on a voyage into his mind. Minimal beats sinuously glide through "Longing for the Night", right into the more intimate affairs like "Survive It".
Up next Ghostpoet's debut single "Cash & Carry Me Home" out 24th January - an insistent synth line lodges itself in your brain, exemplifying Ghostpoet’s raw approach to beat-making, his love of melody; and the charm of his rambled musings on modern life. A demo version of album closer "Liiines", recently found its way online and immediately set the blogs afire with its dusty and handmade uniqueness. Mastered, "Liiines" is a rousing conclusion to the musical journey which has taken us through various styles; Hip Hop, Blues, Dub, Trip Hop and Dance.
The softly spoken 27 year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1 tastemakers Gilles Peterson and Huw Stevens with a free EP entitled "The Sound Of Strangers" which also hit a hungry online audience and earned Ghostpoet a coveted spot in The Guardian's "New Band Of The Day" as well as glowing recommendations from NME, CMJ, RCRDLBL, URB, Drowned In Sound and The Mercury Prize.