Living Like I Do
Label: Young Turks Recordings
After a few years of EPs and remixes for the likes of M.I.A. and Basement Jaxx, London's SBTRKT finally drops his debut LP, and it's enough to blow a sideways hole in bass music. Drawing from dubstep, garage and U.K. funky, his beats snap with club-tested precision, but it's the fullness, the songfulness, of his productions that really carries you away. Rotating singers Jessie Ware, Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano and the velvety Sampha inhabit the music with ease, practically luxuriating in the SBTRKT's glistening architectures; they also temper the harder edges with a weary grace.