Exclaim!'s Best of 2014: Top 10 Dance & Electronic
Published Dec 09, 2014
4. SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land
SBTRKT's Wonder Where We Land showed significant improvement and exploration from London producer Aaron Jerome, both in the way he writes and produces his music. The beauty of the masked man's second studio LP lies within the vast sonic palette that Jerome decided to create with, blending the electro stylings he had already perfected over the course of numerous EPs and a debut full-length with hip-hop, soul and world music, among others.
These well-structured forays prove fruitful thanks to the inclusion of a variety of collaborators, on top of the return of prior guests Sampha and Jessie Ware. From the funky, infectious stomp of the Ezra Koenig-assisted "NEW DORP. NEW YORK" to the jazzy paranoia A$AP Ferg successfully conveys on "Voices In My Head," the features list is by no means short of star power. Some may be turned off by the record's tendency to jump between genres, but the variety of Wonder Where We Land does more than enough to captivate over the course of a listen. (Calum Slingerland)