SBTRKT Announces First Album In Seven Years, “The Rat Road”
Electronic musician SBTRKT has announced the release of his highly anticipated studio album, The Rat Road, which marks the first record release in seven years. The announcement was accompanied by the release of the album’s lead single “Waiting,” a collaborative effort with Texan artist Teezo Touchdown.
This upcoming album marks SBTRKT’s return to the music scene after a hiatus of seven years, with his previous project SAVE YOURSELF having been released in 2016. Speaking on his latest work, SBTRKT explained that this album is his most ambitious record to date and is a reflection of his own musical path rather than conforming to the expectations of others.
SBTRKT revealed that the album’s title The Rat Road is a play on the concept of a rat race, which is a nod to his challenging experiences within the music industry and life in general. He further explained that the album reflects the exhaustion felt by people in the UK, who are faced with increasing costs, decreasing opportunities, and a divide-and-conquer mentality.
The lead single “Waiting” features Teezo Touchdown, an artist SBTRKT discovered in October 2021 and connected with in person. The track explores the themes of determination and hopelessness, and the music is an expansion of SBTRKT’s previous works, featuring a purposefully wider and more layered sound. All instruments on the song and the album were played, recorded, produced, and mixed by SBTRKT himself.
Listen to SBTRKT’s “Waiting” below
Last year, SBTRKT made his long-awaited return to the music scene with the release of “Bodmin Moor”, a tribute to drum and bass musician LTJ Bukem. The Rat Road promises to be a groundbreaking album that showcases SBTRKT’s artistic growth and evolution as a musician.
The Rat Road is due out on May 5th, 2023. For more information on SBTRKT, visit his website here.