Ghostpoet returns to Whelan’s later this month with Alt-J and we’ve a couple of tickets to give away.
The days of struggling to even get his demo tapes heard must seem like a distant memory to Ghostpoet aka MC Obarao Ejimiwe, who arrives in Dublin for a Whelan’s show on February 22nd now armed with a critically acclaimed album and a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam was released in February 2011 on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and immediately had music journalists reaching for their thesauruses in an attempt to pin down this enormously exciting & multifaceted moody beast of a record. Despite its manifold influences – part hip hop, part soul, part jazz, part experimental – Peanut Butter Blues is a tremendously assured & focussed, bold & always inventive debut album.
There are many wise heads who believe that Ghostpoet is destined for true greatness and listening to Peanut Butter Blues as a statement of intent would indicate that there is much yet to be revealed about this audaciously talented MC & producer. For now however we’re just delighted that he is playing Whelan’s at such a pivotal moment in his career and we would gently urge you to make it down to catch a true rising star in an intimate venue.
The quartet first entered our consciousness with their debut release of ‘Bloodflood’ / ‘Tessellate’ in October 2011. Released on 7″ via Loud & Quiet, it sparked a wave of interest in their brilliantly unique and compelling sound.
Radio support came through almost instantly from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw while the BBC Introducing team didn’t hesitate to get them booked in for a live session, which was broadcast on both Huw Stephens’ and Steve Lamaq’s shows. More recently they were selected to perform as part of Radio 1’s Festive Festival to showcase new, exciting acts for 2012 alongside Emeli Sande, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jakwob, Dot Rotten and others. Previous artists to be given the same accolade have included Katy B, The Vaccines, Wretch 32, Plan B, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Florence & The Machine and Chase & Status.
Now signed to Infectious Music for their debut album (due May), next up for alt-J is the release of two tracks that are sure to cement the early love shown to boys whilst also drawing in a wealth of new fans and supporters for 2012. ‘Matilda’ is a beautifully penned ode that gets under your skin and refuses to leave while ‘Fitzpleasure’ brings out the raw, inspiringly inventive side of the bands music. Two impactful pieces that illustrate the spectrum of their influences and forward thinking approach to music for the year ahead, both polished off with Joe’s brilliantly distinctive vocals.
To grab the tickets just email GHOSTPOETTICKETSPLEASE to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday February 19th.
Wednesday 22nd February
Whelan’s Of Wexford St
Tickets are €17 from whelanslive.com or the WAV Box Office on 1890 200078