Credit: Fabrice Bourgelle
“Incredible” – GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)
“A brave and wildly different sound… startling” – TOM ROBINSON (BBC 6MUSIC)
“A vital, poetic voice in UK rap” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Fantastic” – JOHN KENNEDY – RADIO X
“Ketamine Honey” is the latest single from DIZRAELI’s startlingly original ‘The Unmaster’ album, and arrives alongside a brand new and heavy-hitting remix from DANALOGUE (Comet Is Coming, Soccer96).
The single comes in support of powerful and poignant album, ‘The Unmaster’. With momentum around the project continuing to build, early 2020 finds the London based, Bristol-born rapper, poet and producer gearing up for a widespread UK album tour in April with his incendiary live band (as well as a live BBC 6Music session for Tom Robinson on 28th March). In addition, Dizraeli has announced a very special gig in Bristol this December – further details below. This new single release also kicks off a series of killer remixes to be released throughout the year.
The catchy, sinuous and lyrically dexterous “Ketamine Honey” takes its spot in the limelight here, alongside the Danalogue Remix, which sees the in-demand producer (whose other projects include the Mercury-nominated Comet Is Coming, and Moshi Moshi signed Soccer96) adding to his impressive catalogue of reworks with a warm and psychedelic, Detroit techno-infused spin on the original.
“I loved the aggression of it and the drive, the swagger, and also the subject matter of the lyrics. I could hear potential in a lot of the sounds there as there are some interesting production moves in there too”, says Danalogue, of “Ketamine Honey”. He continues: “I recently acquired an old Roland TR-808 drum machine, and wanted to fire it up on this tune. The way I work is always fairly chaotic, I like to leave the maximum amount of potential for serendipities, and use some beloved outboard fx units, so there’s a fair bit of experimental tinkering going on”.
Dizraeli – AKA Rowan Sawday – says:
“Dan & I have been crossing paths in music for a long time, and I love the warmth and human wildness he brings to music making. He has a relentless source of bubbling invention in him and the bonkers noises he gets his synths to make seemed like they’d love to get involved with a song as mad as Ketamine Honey. It’s a song about insomnia and being beset by the strange creatures of the mind, and Dan’s synths are definitely strange creatures.
“Dan also played synths on several tracks on The Unmaster (although not this one), usually in pretty subtle, supporting ways, and I really wanted to give him the opportunity to go all out and properly let the beasts out on a track… I love how detailed Dan’s work on it is. It’s also a banger and I like dancing to it.”
A turning point and musical milestone for Dizraeli, his latest album was recorded and completed over a period of two years, during which he experienced a mental meltdown. Partly inspired by the Zen Buddhist idea of ‘Beginner’s Mind’, ‘The Unmaster’ is also a reference to Dizraeli’s own journey through masculinity. The album speaks of madness and collapse, struggle and redemption with searing honesty, surreal humour and a soundtrack unlike anything else around. A dark, fierce hybrid of hip-hop, grime & West African percussion, it is music to make sense of an insane world.
Dizraeli mixed the album with MPG Awards’ ‘Breakthrough Producer Of The Year’ Dilip Harris – who has worked with artists including King Krule, Mount Kimbie and Sia. Dizraeli built many of the instruments on the record himself, while Young Fathers and Sampha collaborator Fabrice Bourgelle’s striking pictures package the album and its singles.
Having composed the soundtrack for the E4 drama ‘Tripped’ and won the BBC Poetry Slam Championship, Dizraeli is also known for previous work with the likes of Kate Tempest and Scroobius Pip, as well as his own much-loved and acclaimed previous project, Dizraeli and the Small Gods. His music has seen support from the likes of The Skinny, Evening Standard, Songlines and Pop Matters, with plays across all BBC Radio stations. He is also a rising radio presenter, hosting his own monthly show on Soho Radio, and recently travelling to Mongolia to present a BBC World Service documentary on the hip-hop pioneers of Ulaanbaatar.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
17 April : MK11, Milton Keynes
18 April : EartH, London
22 April : Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
23 April : Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
24 April : Head Of Steam, Newcastle
29 April : Phoenix, Exeter
1 May : Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Truro
24 May : Shindig Weekender Festival
30 May : Old Tech Centre, Dorset
13 June : Kite Festival
4 July : Kelburn Garden Party
12 July : NASS Festival
17 July : Hootananny, London
26 July : WOMAD Festival
21 August : We Out Here Festival
29 August : MOOvin Festival
25 October : Musicport Festival
In addition, on 5th December 2020, the Bristol-born artist will perform at Bristol SWX for a one-off extravaganza with a full live band, string section, choir and very special guests, playing two extended sets: a retrospective featuring music from across his career, plus a full performance of new album: ‘The Unmaster’.
This will be an extremely rare opportunity to catch Dizraeli performing classics from albums such as Engurland (City Shanties), Moving In The Dark & White Man (Moves), as well as to hear what this unique artist has in store for us next.
DIZRAELI – LIVE @ SWX, BRISTOL – 5 DECEMBER 2020
Tickets go on General sale at 9am Friday here:
Or, fans can access a pre-buy sign up to access tickets from Thursday 9am, via the following link:
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DIZRAELI – ‘THE UNMASTER’ – RELEASED 24 APRIL 2020
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