On “New Dorp.New York”, he and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig pay a wacky tribute to the Big Apple; the Sampha-aided “Temporary View” is more straightforward and soulful; Warpaint brings out the producer’s baser tendencies on “War Drums”; “Higher” succeeds because SBTRKT finds an ally in the cutting and jagged in up-and-coming MC Raury; and the addition of ASAP Ferg on “Voices In My Head” adds a more manacling quality to the Warpaint-SBTRKT dynamic.
For his latest collaboration, the man otherwise known as Aaron Jerome teams with Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek for “Look Away”. Perhaps of all the collaborators thus far, Polachek may be the best suited creatively. There’s a skittishness and theatricality to her croon that works brilliantly with this specific production, a kind of Victorian-folk-meets-’80s-horror-soundtrack of warped, looping piano, jarring drum claps, and swirling effects. It’s totally beautiful and utterly beguiling … right until the sense of impending doom smacks you square in the face.
And speaking of horror movies, the accompanying video is just as frightening. Using your web cam, the interactive clip allows users to try and make eye contact with a shadowy, doll-like creature as it attempts to glance back. Give yourself the willies something fierce by watching here.
Wonder Where We Land is due out October 7th via Young Turks. In support, the producer will be on tour throughout the fall, including appearances at the iTunes and Falls festivals. Consult the full schedule here.