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at home with Kwes

When the Olympics left town after the greatest two weeks known to man, Stratford and its surrounding areas returned to their natural, unglamorous states of being at an alarming, Team GB rate. All the flags and Disneyland cheer, they vanished with Lord Coe’s pink and orange army of life-dopers; brutalist tower blocks, marshy mudflats and the one-time futuristic Docklands Light Railway remain. South of the Olympic Park, as far
as the Thames, is a quayside community happily of its own world, perhaps even oblivious to the events of last year.

Kwes featured on the front cover of Loud And Quiet in January 2012, having just signed to Warp Records. It sounded like a debut album was finally on its way, three years on from the Lewisham-born producer’s debut
single, but “headspace issues” have kept us waiting another 20 months for ‘iLP’, out, one hundred percent,


on October 14. This time it’s definitely happening, and when we arrive at his shipping container his label Publicist presents him with finished copies on CD and vinyl.

Kwes is a little overwhelmed at the gifts as he invites us into the place where he recorded this album that combines shifty bedroom RnB, DIY soul and purposely ropey electro pop, but he’s noticeably more
confident than he was in late 2011, joking frequently.

He doesn’t even hate singing anymore, which was
something of a necessary evil a couple of years ago.

Kwes featured on the front cover of Loud And Quiet in January 2012, having just signed to Warp Records.

It sounded like a debut album was finally on its way, three
years on from the Lewisham-born producer’s debut single, but “headspace issues” have kept us waiting another 20 months for ‘iLP’, out, one hundred percent, on October 14. This time it’s definitely happening, and
when we arrive at his shipping container his label Publicist presents him with finished copies on CD and vinyl.

Kwes is a little overwhelmed at the gifts as he invites us into the place where he recorded this album that combines shifty bedroom RnB, DIY soul and purposely ropey electro pop, but he’s noticeably more confident than he was in late 2011, joking frequently.


He doesn’t even hate singing anymore, which was something of a necessary evil a couple of years ago.

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