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Kwes - Rollerblades

Recommended by us on 18th January 2013. 2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Rollerblades by Kwes
  • 7" vinyl £5.89 + £1.50 shipping, based on your current cart
  • Coloured vinyl 7" on Warp (7WAP343)
  • Artist: Kwes
  • Label: Warp
  • Genres: Electronica / IDM
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(1 review) 8/10


8/10 according to on Fri 18 Jan, 2013

Described in the press release as ‘the Brian Eno of experimental UK pop’ (though isn’t Brian Eno the Brian Eno of experimental UK pop?) it gives you some indication of what is going on here from this collaborator with The xx, Bobby Womack, Hot Chip, etc.

The A side is a quaint piece of euro-pop which starts with a lovely descending chord sequence before launching into a slice of pop that could either be described as ‘cute’ or ‘insipid’ depending on your viewpoint. It sounds like Damon Albarn singing along to a slice of minimal electro-pop. The vocals and lyrics are kind of faux-naive with its tale of “rollerblading in the early 90’s and the narrator being told to go in for dinner”.

It’s saved however by a decent melody particularly on the chorus and a neat kind of epilogue that visits the back alleys of the Warp back catalogue, giving an intriguing coda to the otherwise pop fluff. I’m also reminded of the scattershot cockney ramblings of King Krule.  On the flip, there is a much more electronic offering with some nice modern day electronic pop production touches. No vocals this time so you can concentrate of the neat sonic trickery. Interesting stuff.

Press release

  • ‘Rollerblades’ is the warming new slice of ‘free pop’ from Kwes, the 6Music playlisted, Loud + Quiet magazine cover star, and producer / remixer / band member / collaborator for the likes of Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, The xx, Invisible, Gorillaz, Metronomy, Hot Chip, Dels, Ghostpoet and Lianne La Havas, amongst many others. 

  • The track is also the first step towards the release of Kwes’ debut album, planned for Summer 2013. 

  • 2012 has seen Kwes’ transition from muso’s favourite to awe- inspiring musician in his own right. The ‘Meantime’ EP, released earlier this year, saw him step out from behind the mixing desk and into the spotlight. ‘Bashful’, taken from the EP, gained a 6Music B-List and he showcased his live show across Europe, the US and the UK. More recently, Kwes has toured with Bobby Womack around the US including a slot on Jimmy Fallon. 

  • Kwes calls his music ‘free pop’, explaining: “I feel my music fits around many heads of many sizes and mental dispositions”. ‘Rollerblades’ fits this theme and is a song about lost young love. It’s beautiful, catchy and is another insight into the musical mind of Kwes. B-side ‘Rosab’ is a messed up, oneiric instrumental ode to his bike. 

  • The coloured vinyl 7” comes in a plastic sleeve with translucent velum insert and is limited to 1000 copies worldwide. 

  • “Hits a sweet spot with incredible accuracy, doing in a few minutes what some bands take an album to deliver” - BBC Music 

  • “Somewhere between TV On The Radio and Aphex Twin's more organic material” - Pitchfork 

  • “The junior Brian Eno of experimental UK pop” - The Guardian 


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