Roy Nnawuchi aka Dean Blunt is one of London’s most hard to pin down songwriters. An elusive figure largely uninterested in publicity, he emerged as one half of due Hype Williams alongside Inga Copeland, delighting in puzzling listeners with hazy textures and foggy, strobe ridden live performances.
Then landing in late 2014, Blunt’s Black Metal album knocked our socks off. As a whole the album veered more towards pop than his previous LP, The Redeemer. A huge variation is present - string instruments, unhurried rhythms, a compendium of synth styles, his trademark deadpan vocals and moments of clarity, flitting between abject bleakness, hostility and light. The expansive offering takes in indie pop, dub and ambient, with subject matters of heartbreak, social unrest and race, never in too sharp a focus to detract from the instrumentals.
Then there’s his Babyfather moniker, alongside producer Arca. Their ‘Meditations’ EP on Hyperdub expands on Blunt’s previous work in a slightly more populist way – dub tones, sampled dialog and lyrics that tackle familiar themes of race and social unrest, giving the record a distinctly London-esque vibe. Their 25-minute Platinum Tears mixtape, an outright commentary on racial discrimination, was doubly explosive, released for less than a week on Soundcloud and then deleted.
A 23 track Babyfather album is to be released this April on Hyperdub, it’s already marked firmly in our calendars. Meanwhile you can catch Dean Blunt at Field Day on June 11, and listen to our top picks at the links below:
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