Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, has announced details of his second studio album.
The singer/producer/mumbler’s 2010 LP Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam did good business, breaking out of the UK alt.rap ghetto and earning a Mercury nomination. It’s a rewarding collection of furtive, bewildered R&B and hip-hop – if occasionally a little polite, it’s carried by the Londoner’s unshowy charisma.
New album Some Say I So I Say Light will arrive in May. In contrast to its self-produced predecessor, haphazardly pulled together in Ghostpoet’s bedroom, the album was co-produced by Richard Formby (recently responsible for Darkstar’s pastoral News From Nowhere). The results apparently range from 2-step to Afrobeat, with new home Play It Again Sam promising “industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation.”
A host of guest features are promised for the LP. ‘Plastic Bag Brain’ features legendary percussionist Tony Allen, plus The Invisible’s Dave Okumu on guitar. ‘Sloth Trot’, meanwhile, sees Ghostpoet recruit This Heat/Camberwell Now lynchpin Charles Hayward on drumming duty. Singers Lucy Rose and Gwilym Gold also make an appearance.
Some Say I So I Say Light is due on May 6 through Play It Again Sam. Ghostpoet will also tour the UK off the back of the record in May and June; dates are below.
‘The More Light’ UK Tour Dates
May 18th – Coventry – Kasbah
May 21th – Liverpool – East Village Arts Club
May 22nd – Sheffield – Queens Road Social
May 23rd – Newcastle – The Cluny
May 24th – Glasgow – Broadcast
May 25th – Edinburgh – Electric Circus
May 27th – Bournemouth – The Winchester
May 28th – Manchester – Gorilla
May 29th – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
May 30th – London – Village Underground
June 2nd – Leicester Academy
June 3rd – Oxford – Oxford Academy
June 7th – Suffolk – John Peel Arts Centre