If you’ve ever read this blog before, you’ll know that I have a lot of time for Ghostpoet, and for Gilles Peterson.
So whilst I was rather disappointed to hear that Ghostpoet has left Peterson’s Brownswood record label, I was dead chuffed to hear that he has a new album coming out, with one track already out in the wild.
Needless to say his new track, MSI MUSMID, received its debut play on Gilles’ show, suggesting the split was entirely amicable – presumably in the same way that Jose James left, to find a label can take his career to the next level. Brownswood is turning into the musical equivalent of a tech incubator – finding and nurturing talent.
The track is Ghostpoet at his best; jarring melodies, spooky basslines and mumbled lyrics that blend philosophy and ramblings in equal measure. If you like it, and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you, why not repost it on Soundcloud? As soon as 1,000 people do, it’ll become available as a free download – a nice little promotional trick if ever I heard one, rewarding sharing and advocacy.
My first attempt at The Guardian's UGC music section about, what else, @ghostpoet http://t.co/uTRXWAN
— Ciarán Norris (@ciaranj) September 1, 2011