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20.04.2023, Words by Billy Ward

SBTRKT and Sampha reunite on new single 'LFO' featuring George Riley

The latest offering from the producer's hotly anticipated forthcoming album 'The Rat Road'

SBTRKT and Sampha are re-igniting their iconic partnership for the first time in seven years with new single 'LFO' featuring rising UK star George Riley. 

Unveiling more of SBTRKT's hotly anticipated forthcoming album The Rat Road, set for release on the 5th of May via AWAL, the producer's latest offering enlists the help of his longstanding collaborator as well as one of the most exciting newcomers on the scene. 

“LFO began with me messing around with an analogue synth about 6 years ago - the track title stuck (LFO - Low Frequency Oscillator demo 1)," says SBTRKT. 

"The opening chords became my breakthrough moment, which captured that feeling when chords and melodies feel like they float," he adds. "Sampha dropped by my studio around 2018 - was excited by the sonic palette of it and so we laid down some vocal ideas. Over the time since, I have probably past 70 different versions of this song!"

The producer’s work with Sampha stretches back to the early 2010s when they did songs like 'Nervous,' 'Break Off,' and 'Evening Glow' together. Sampha was also an important presence on SBTRKT’s 2011 self-titled debut.

Sampha continues: "Late 2022, I got in touch with George Riley after following her music and the rest started to drop into place! Sometimes songs take 5 minutes and some 5 years to find the right components!

"Much love to Sampha for getting involved and being a constant through all my albums - over more than a decade on from our first work together - and to George Riley for being up for experimenting and creating music that doesn't have to fit any rules. Sometimes the pieces find their way together and make sense texturally without forcing a concept on it.”

Stream the new single below:

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