SBTRKT teams with Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig on the new single “New Dorp, New York” from his forthcoming Wonder Where We Land LP. The track from SBTRKT’s highly-anticipated sophomore album recently debuted on BBC Radio 1 and follows a stellar collaborative track with Sampha. The pulsating bottom-heavy dance jam bodes well for what’s to come on the forthcoming release with bursts of percussive brilliance and references to the taste, touch and feel of life in Gotham City that are as vivid as the project’s cover art. But you don’t have to go by the new single alone; Okayfuture was in the house for an intimate SBTRKT listening session at The Log Cabin studio in NYC earlier this week and returned with an exclusive taste of what’s to come on the project. One of the most pleasantly surprising revelations for Okayplayers was that SBTRKT’s approach on the project was at least partially inspired by The Roots‘ 2002 single “Break You Off”:
The night before SBTRKT announced his highly-anticipated second album Wonder Where We Land, we had the special privilege of a private (and intimate) listening session, at The Log Cabin studio in NYC, with an unmasked SBTRKT sharing personal commentary on each song, including tracks from the deluxe version.
He started by setting the scene on Osea Island, where much of the album was recorded and his many collaborators, such as Sampha and Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), visited him for freeform jam sessions in what he described as a “glorified garden shed” with a bunch of keyboards, synths, drum kit and five microphones. Sometimes they recorded in pitch blackness at 2 or 3 a.m., with owls hooting far off in the distance, and a mini projector showing sci-fi films, like René Laloux’s 1973 La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet). SBTRKT says this is where the album’s title track comes from.
He listed seminal works from Pink Floyd and The Police, along with Kanye West, krautrock, and Hitchcock films as his influences for Wonder Where We Land. Even the more nuanced details like knife sounds and feedback inspired by the movie The Ring or the recording methods of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland made it onto the album. Our favorite though, SBTRKT’s mention of wanting to emulate the ending of The Roots‘ song “Break You Off” on one of his own.
Check the track below to stream “New Dorp, New York” featuring Ezra Koenig. Scroll down to check out SBTRKT’s 2014 tour dates and the full tracklist of Wonder Where We Land.
‘Wonder Where We Land’ LP Tracklist:
1. Day 1What do you think?
2. Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
4. Higher (feat. Raury)
5. Day 5
6. Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
7. Osea (feat. Koreless)
8. Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
9. NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)
10. Everybody Knows
11. Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)
12. If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13. Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14. The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15. Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)
SBTRKT 2014 Tour Dates:
10/07/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The MasqueradeWhat do you think?
10/09/14 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans
10/10/14 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
10/11/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Music Festival
10/12/14 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/14/14 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
10/15/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belsaco Theater
10/16/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theatre
10/17/14 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox
10/18/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
10/20/14 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden
10/23/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/24/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
10/25/14 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/26/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/29/14 – Boston, MA @ Royale
10/31/14 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/01/14 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall