Ghostpoet

Most of us are much the same, whatever our perceived differences. Zoom in closely enough on the matter that makes us - our bones, blood, skin; our souls - and, really, we're very alike. And we all go through our share of bad situations, whatever our today might encompass. But we still have another thing in common: tomorrow can be whatever we want it to be.

'Shedding Skin' is tomorrow, today - for its maker, it's the manifestation of a new challenge, of fresh thinking, after a preceding album of necessary catharsis. If you think you know multifaceted musician Ghostpoet, think again. While the past is important, this singular artist's third studio album is a brave, confident stride into previously unexplored methodologies and untapped inspiration - it's a reboot of sorts, the reinvention and distillation of traits that have so far made the man's reputation. Nothing here sounds like a style stuck on repeat.

Explicitly personal insights have become wider perspectives: after 2013's 'Some Say I So I Say Light' LP purged London-based Obaro Ejimiwe of lingering spectres born of a relationship breakdown, 'Shedding Skin' allows him to refocus on what he loves: sitting, observing, processing, creating. In some respects 'Shedding Skin' harks back to Ghostpoet's Mercury Prize-nominated debut of 2011, 'Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam', in its assembly at least: then, he was free of baggage, loose-limbed and able to capture a moment and spin it into a song; now, he's in a comparable place, but has skilfully circumvented potential complacency by opening the door to creative collaboration while also placing strict conditions on the recording process.

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Both a social commentary and a banging tune, Ghostpoet - AKA Obaro Ejimiwe - is back today with new track 'Immigrant Boogie', an unsettling piece of music in the same vein as his ominous 2016 Massive Attack collab-track 'Come Near Me'. Listen to 'Immigrant Boogie' here or above.
Last night Ghostpoet played an oustanding performance of new single 'X Marks The Spot' on 'Later... With Jools Holland'. You can watch it above on YouTube. Friday will see Ghostpoet play two tracks from the new album 'Shedding Skin'. The album was released in March this year and is available ...