SBTRKT's second album Wonder Where We Land is released in the U.S. today. It's been over three years since he released his critically acclaimed debut album, a record that pushed him into the limelight and, with its mix of spare but bass-heavy beats and sweet vocals from Jessie Ware, Yukimi Nagano, and Sampha, helped pave the way for the more experimental production that has now worked its way into the spheres of mainstream pop and R&B.
Rather than trying to replicate the sound or feel that brought hims so much success on the first album, SBTRKT set out to make a true artist's album with Wonder Where We Land, a flowing collection of songs that were built from the ground up through working in-person with a variety of collaborators. The new album is richly varied but still cohesive, even with artist features that include Raury, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Warpaint, Jessie Ware, Sampha, L.A. rapper Boogie, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg, and more.
From working with Sampha in the pitch black, to Caroline Polachek's strange experience getting a small fishing boat to an island-based studio, to Raury having to ask his mom for permission to record, SBTRKT himself broke down the stories and inspirations behind nine of Wonder Where We Land's songs in New York a few months ago. With the impressive album now out, read on to discover how it was made, from the mouth of the man who made it.