Aaron Jerome – AKA SBTRKT – tried to stay anonymous by wearing masks while performing. But it isn’t working. The world is taking notice of his satisfying soul-electronic first full-length.
He started out as a London club DJ and has worked as a remix producer for M.I.A, Radiohead, Basement Jaxx and Underworld. His best compositions feature honey-voiced vocalists with soul flavor.
Whether he’s remixing others’ work or creating originals, SBTRKT’s electronic tracks sport a healthy dose of R&B to help you work up a sweat on the dance floor. More dance-friendly than the more broken beats of real dubstep, SBTRK uses effects from that style and chunkier funky beats.
SBTRKT got his breakthrough by sending tracks to BBC’s Radio One. The DJs there made “Nervous” (featuring singer Jessie Ware) his first radio hit in 2009.
After a few more singles and collaborations, SBTRK released his EP Step in Shadows and his first full-length SBTRKT in 2011.
The best song from the EP was “Wildfire” featuring new vocalist Yukumi Agamo from the band Little Dragon. This song was the crystallization of the perfect electronic soul sound.
When the full-length SBTRKT was released, the song “Hold On” became the second stand out. Vocalist Sampha adds warmth to the chilly electronic beat.
Michele Myers is a Seattle club DJ and hosts a radio show Saturdays 3-6pm on KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle – kexp.org. She’s a music historian, has produced over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries and written scripts and features for NPR, Experience Music Project and the University of Washington.