A much talked about member of the current Warp Records Stable, Kwes' debut album, ‘ilp.’, is out now. Described by The guardian as “The junior Brian Eno of experimental UK pop", Kwes' music is, as you might expect from such a description, both discreet and unconventional, a style Kwes describes as 'free pop'. Watch the video for new track '36', taken from the album, below:
You can also listen to the less pop orientated 8 minute album track, 'Cablecar' below:
The origins of the thoughtful nature of Kwes' music are perhaps hinted at by his background. With a CV that includes working with The xx, remixes for Hot Chip and gigs with Jack Penate and Ebony Bones, Kwes (born Kwesi Sey) made the decision to go full time with his 'free pop' whilst studying. He says “I was in and out of London a lot and the quality was slipping on both sides so I had to make a decision. I knew I wanted to do music because I of course loved it and was starting to get somewhere with it, so I had to make the jump.” He ended up leaving the Philosophy degree at Hull University, two years in.
Find out more at kwes.info