SBTRKT’s New, Non-Album Save Yourself Is A Mediocre Misstep

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A few days ago, UK electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist SBTRKT dropped a new surprise project called Save Yourself. Similar to his 2014 Transitions EP, the eight-track release does not serve as an official album. “This record was written from last summer till last week and is about being able to share music with you more frequently than I have done in the past,” SBTRKT wrote on his Facebook page, “and not long after it’s been created.”

Save Yourself features “I Feel Your Pain” with D.R.A.M. and Mabel, the clear standout among seven otherwise incredibly mediocre tracks. The-Dream drops in for three separate collaborations, each less desirable than the last (the cuts would sound much more appropriate on a project actually billed for The-Dream). Sampha makes a brief appearance as well,  but it’s clear the fire of their initial collaborative work has long since died out.

When SBTRKT affords himself space from featured vocalists on the new release, it often produces results less focused and less developed than anything he’s dropped to date. It makes the whole project feel lacklustre, uninspired and thoroughly half-baked.

Stream Save Yourself via Spotify.

Angel E. Fraden

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