SBTRKT has announced his third album, The Rat Road, which is slated for release on May 5. It will include the previously shared single ‘FORWARD’ with LEILAH, as well as a new track, ‘Waiting’, which features Teezo Touchdown. Check it out below.
“This album has been my most sonically ambitious record to create – following my own musical path – which isn’t based on others’ perceptions of what SBTRKT should be,” SBTRKT said in a statement. “‘The Rat Road’ title is a play on the concept of ‘the rat race’. It’s partly based on my own challenging experiences within the music industry and life generally – though I realised the idea is not isolated from a much wider feeling of exhaustion – definitely true here in the UK with little sense of respite from ever increasing costs/ decreasing opportunity / and a bold divide and conquer mentality. There is the juxtaposition in the record between determination and hopelessness.”
Of the new song, he added: “I’m always listening to and looking out for new music – and came across a song of Teezo’s ‘I’m just a fan’ – in oct 21 – by serendipity he was heading to London the next week so we connected in person. In some ways – although personal to Teezo too – it perfectly vocalised everything I had been going through. It therefore felt like the most obvious song to then lead into my album with. Musically its an expansion on my previous records – with a purposefully wider and more layered sound. All instruments on this song and the album played, recorded, produced and mixed by me.”