SBTRKT Announces New Album ‘The Rat Road’, Shares New Single ‘Waiting’

    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.”

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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