Often times a wordsmith is measured on the speed of which their rap spits out, the agility of their rhythm and rhyme – this is a measure that can’t be applied to Ghostpoet. Ghostpoet, (
first name Ejimiwe, second Obaro – correction that’s first name Obaro, second Ejimiwe), occupies a space between wake and sleep, making minimal urban music about the early hours, and the words come out at his own pace. Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, Ghostpoet moved from Conventry to London and released the excellent The Sound of Strangers EP earlier this summer. In the same vein as early records from The Streets, The Sound of Strangers is observational commentary of modern and mundane life. ‘Gone’ describes the peril of capturing images on your mobile phone and leaving it within your girlfriend’s reach, it’s played out over a mesmeric groove with nods back to Massive Attack/Tricky.
Citing influences that include Badly Drawn Boy, Iggy Pop, Squarepusher and Radiohead, Obaro has indie-leanings and his collaboration with Micachu on ‘Morning’ has off kilter-instrumentation, a lulling melody and barely there mutterings from the MC, a genre-fusing gem.
Most recently Ghostpoet put his tuppence to Joe Goddard’s remix of ‘Trumpalump’ by Dels, adding an extra nuance of emotion to an already heartfelt song.
There’s an LP in the pipeline. Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam will be released in February of next year. The lead single ‘Cash and Carry Me’ finds Ghostpoet slurring in his now usual lackadaisical manner over a surly tune. 2010 may have only been a warm-up for Ghostpoet, 2011 may just be his year to shine.