“The beatboxer turns electronic singer-songwriter… gloriously melancholic” – The Times
“SK Shlomo’s record squares up to depression with such style… brilliant music” – Eddy Temple-Morris
Best known as a collaborator with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Damon Albarn, World Looping Champion SK Shlomo’s solo debut is partly a drive to address demons that lurked in his past. The first solo song that he’d ever truly opened up on, was the haunting, hypnotic The First Time, a multi-layered, richly-atmospheric recollection of losing his virginity.
Today SK Shlomo presents the visual accompaniment to the track.
He says: “I loved every minute working with director Will Dolan and his team at Firewood Pictures to make my first ever music video – the story they’ve weaved is about being yourself, no matter how painful, and the film just blew me away”.
For a year he visited a vocal coach to help unlearn what beatboxing had taught him. “I had to stop doing some crazy shit with my tongue,” he laughs. “But when I relaxed, a key unlocked and my voice totally changed. In the past, I was always straining, trying to sing high and powerful. Suddenly, it was soft, low and gentle, which is how I speak. I realised it was easy to sound like myself.
‘Surrender’ is SK Shlomo’s intoxicating debut album exploring his struggle with depression and trauma recovery. Richly-atmospheric, blending beatboxing with epic synths and samples, the album journeys through life’s darkest moments and celebrates new beginnings.
FIRST WAVE OF SK SHLOMO SURRENDER ALBUM TOUR 2019 DATES ANNOUNCED:
17 FEB CANTERBURY GULBENKIAN
20 FEB OXFORD JERICHO TAVERN
23 FEB BRIGHTON THE ROSE HILL
2 MAR WINCHESTER RAILWAY INN
8 MAR BEDFORD QUARRY THEATRE
21 MAR BRISTOL THE PLOUGH
29 MAR LONDON OSLO: ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY WITH FULL LIVE BAND
Book now: http://skshlomo.com/tour