SBTRKT has shared beautiful new song ‘L.F.O.’ – tune in now.
The producer has unmasked himself, with his incoming album featuring his most potent and personal material yet. Interpolating club tropes with impeccable songwriting, it finds SBTRKT utilising his painterly touch to a carefully finessed degree.
New song ‘L.F.O’ is the perfect example of this. Beginning as an instrumental jam on some analogue synths, it gestated across a period of six years, before SBTRKT decided to lift out the lush opening chords and allow them to evolve into something distinct.
The idea rapidly took shape, and luckily SBTRKT had some hugely talented friends on hand to assist on vocals – Mercury winner Sampha and long-time Clash favourite George Riley.
‘L.F.O.’ began with me messing around with an analogue synth about six years ago – the track title stuck (L.F.O. – Low Frequency Oscillator demo 1).
The opening chords became my breakthrough moment, which captured that feeling when chords and melodies feel like they float.
Sampha dropped by my studio around 2018 – was excited by the sonic palette of it and so we laid down some vocal ideas. Over the time since, I have probably past 70 different versions of this song!
Late 2022, I got in touch with George Riley after following her music and the rest started to drop into place! Sometimes songs take five minutes and some five years to find the right components!
Much love to Sampha for getting involved and being a constant through all my albums – over more than a decade on from our first work together – and to George Riley for being up for experimenting and creating music that doesn’t have to fit any rules. Sometimes the pieces find their way together and make sense texturally without forcing a concept on it.
Tune in now.
SBTRKT will play London’s Outernet venue on May 25th.