“A truly original new artist” Gilles Peterson
“One of the most exciting musicians emanating out of London at present” Dummy Mag
“Among our favourites of the year” Stamp The Wax
“Eleven tracks filled with plenty of aural goodness” Ransom Note
“3am electro-jazz flickering with warped ’70s pop” The Line Of Best Fit
“A unique document blessed with an innate sense of funk, but also a shrewd songwriting sensibility” Clash
Bastien Keb plays guitar, trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses “I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi”. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.
Bastien Keb’s debut album ‘Dinking in the Shadows of Zizou’ subtly nudged itself into public consciousness in 2015, drawing the attention of myriad press and radio, briskly establishing itself with an endearing mix of downbeat anti-ballads, off-centre instrumentals and warped funk. Here and now, he’s progressed confidently. Relaxed, naturally soulful, exploratory, at times tender, others acerbic; ‘22.02.85’ solidifies Bastien Keb’s reputation as an individual rising talent.