Kwes

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Kwes.
Born 1987 (age 26–27)
Origin Lewisham, London, UK
Genres Pop, experimental
Occupations Record producer
Songwriter
Musician
Instruments Computers, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, piano, vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels Warp, Young Turks
Associated acts Micachu, Damon Albarn, DELS, Ghostpoet, Richard Russell, Speech Debelle
Website kwes.info
Notable instruments
Fender Mustang Bass Guitar[1]

Kwes (pronunciation: /kwɛs/;[2] sometimes stylised as Kwes.) is a British record producer, songwriter and musician from Lewisham, London and is best known for his production and collaborative work with Micachu, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Speech Debelle, Solange Knowles, Ghostpoet and DELS.

Biography[edit]

Kwes began playing his grandparents' organ at the age of four and his grandmother bought him his first small keyboard aged 5. For his tenth birthday, he received a radio/tape recorder with a built-in microphone, which launched his interest in sound recording.[3]

Kwes has chromesthesia (sound-to-colour synaesthesia).[4] His synaesthetic impressions of his own music are translated in the artwork to his solo releases, including "Hearts in Home" and "No Need to Run".[5]

Music[edit]

As a producer he has worked with Big Dada signed Dels on his 2011 debut album Gob[6] and The xx earlier on in their career, producing an early version of their song "Insects".[7] He has also co-produced a mixtape entitled Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1, with Micachu (as "Kwesachu"), alongside MCs Dels & Ghostpoet, with appearances from London pop-bands, including Golden Silvers and The Invisible.[8] Matthew Herbert touted him as a musician and producer to watch, admiring his "really unusual, experimental approach".[9]

Kwes is also a solo artist but works primarily as a record producer. XL Recordings imprint Salvia released limited edition single "Hearts in Home/Tissues" on 16 February 2009.[10] Kwes released his debut EP "No Need To Run" on Young Turks/XL on 28 June 2010.[11] He is currently signed to Warp Records. During and before the release of his 2012 EP "Meantime", Kwes performed live with accompanying musicians Elan Tamara on keyboards and Georgia Barnes on drums.[12]

Kwes has also remixed several artists including Hot Chip, Metronomy, Lianne La Havas, Zero 7[13] amongst many others.

Kanye West and his live band member/co-producer Mano sampled Kwes' song 'LGOYH' for Pusha T's track "Who I Am", which features on Pusha T's debut album "My Name Is My Name".

Other collaborations[edit]

Collaborating with producers and musicians Damon Albarn, Dan the Automator, XL Recordings' managers Richard Russell & Rodaidh McDonald, Jneiro Jarel, Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Gorillaz's Remi Kabaka Jr. and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kwes went to Kinshasa, DR Congo in Central Africa for one week to record an album named Kinshasa One Two.[14] The Congolese band Tout Puissant Mukalo joined them as well. All proceeds benefit Oxfam's work in the DRC.[15] The album was released by Warp Records. [16] Kwes' produced four out of fourteen tracks within the record.


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details
2013 ilp.

Singles[edit]

  • "Hearts In Home" (16 February 2009)
  • "Get Up" (13 November 2011)[17]
  • "Bashful" (7 March 2012)[18]
  • "Rollerblades" (26 November 2012)[19]

EPs[edit]

Year EP details
2010 No Need To Run[11][20]
2012 Meantime
  • Released: 30 April / 1 May 2012
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: 12" EP, CD, Digital download
2014 ilpix
  • Released: 15 Septmeber 2014
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: 12" EP, CD, Digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Mixtape details
2010 Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1 with Micachu
  • Released: 5 June 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Cassette tape, Digital download
2012 Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.2 with Micachu
  • Released: 30 April 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Cassette tape, Digital download

Production and Reworks[edit]

Production Discography (Selected)[edit]

Reworks (selected discography)[edit]

Live session duties[edit]

  • Ebony Bones – Guitarist[37][38] (2006–2007, 2008)
  • Bono Must Die now O. Children – Keyboardist[39] (2007)
  • Jack Peñate – Laptop and keyboards[40] (2009)
  • Kwesachu (with Micachu) – co-production and co-selector (2009–)
  • Elan Tamara – Bassist[41] (2009–2011)
  • Leftfield – Keyboards and Computers[42] (2010)
  • Bobby Womack – Keyboards (2012-2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 9 November 2011. Speech Debelle 'Studio Backpack Rap' (Official Video) - YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-02-01.
  2. ^ "Why Kwes's ilp is the one album you should listen to this week - video". The Guardian. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ (January 2009). Kwes. / [o=o]. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  4. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (11 June 2010). Kwes: 'No Need To Run' | Forkcast | Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  5. ^ Erkas, Sinem (December 2008).SINEM ERKAS illustrator & graphic designer – Kwes record sleeve series. Sinem Erkas. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  6. ^ (5 May 2011). Dels: ‘I Am Temperamental. I Get Bored Easily’ | Interviews | DIY. This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  7. ^ a b Saxelby, Ruth (14 July 2009). The xx: 'It started as a joke.' |Dummy » Features. Dummy. Retrieved on 2011-11-17.
  8. ^ Dazed Digital (June 2009). Dazed Digital | Kwesachu Mixtape. Dazed Digital
  9. ^ wilkinsman (6 November 2008). Kwes | Clash Exclusive Ones To Watch. Clash Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  10. ^ Dnae. (1 February 2009). Interplanetarians: New Release Interplanetarians. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  11. ^ a b Hokley-Smith, Sam (10 June 2010). Stream: Kwes, "No Need to Run" « The FADER. The FADER. Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  12. ^ Holliday, Josh (November 2011).Dots & Dashes: Getting Up & At Them. Kwes, The Shacklewell Arms. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  13. ^ Subba Cultcha. Subba Cultcha news culture – Free and exclusive mix from Zero 7 here. Subba Cultcha. Retrieved on 2010-06-15
  14. ^ "Kinshasa One Two". DRC Music. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Damon Albarn previews DRC Music project with "Hallo" « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Damon Albarn-led DRC Music details Congo album « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Warp (13 November 2011). Warp / Records / Kwes / Signs to Warp, download free MP3 of new track 'Get Up. Warp. Retrieved on 2011-11-13.
  18. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (7 March 2012). Rising: Kwes | Features | Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved on 2012-03-08.
  19. ^ Warp (26 November 2012). Warp / Kwes / Warp / Kwes 'Rollerblades' available to download now, 7-inch out in January. Warp. Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  20. ^ Young Turks Records (28 June 2010).Young Turks — YT045: Kwes – No Need To Run. Young Turks. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  21. ^ Machino Machino, the Kwes produced debut single from Dog Bite. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  22. ^ » Interview: Valentina DRUNKENWEREWOLF. Drunkenwerewolf.com (2011-11-30). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  23. ^ Michaels, Sean (31 August 2011). Damon Albarn and DRC Music announce new Congo album for Oxfam | Music | guardian.co.uk. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  24. ^ Recommender, The (13 October 2011). SUNLESS '97 – The Recommender. therecommender.net. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  25. ^ Murray, Robin (10 November 2011). Speech Debelle Returns – 10 Nov 2011 | Clash Music Latest Breaking Music News. Clash Magazine. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  26. ^ Martin, Andrew (10 September 2012). [1]. "Complex.com". Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
  27. ^ (1 May 2013). [2]. "prettymuchamazing.com". Retrieved on 2013-05-25.
  28. ^ Invisible, The (2) – Constant (Vinyl) at Discogs. Discogs.com (2008-02-04). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  29. ^ Monkey (12) – Monkey Bee Remixes (CDr) at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  30. ^ Buy Portico Quartet – Cittagazze (Kwes [0=0] Rework) online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!. Play.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  31. ^ Release Details: CRAMMED DISCS. Crammed.be. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  32. ^ Humprey, Jenna (11 June 2009). Micachu: Kwesachu (Free Mixtape) | Prefix. Prefix. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  33. ^ Duke, Samuel (2 December 2010). DOWNLOAD: Bomb The Bass – The Infinites (Kwesachu Remix): RCRD LBL. RCRD LDL. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  34. ^ Amazon.com Night Train (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [+Digital Booklet]: Keane: MP3 Downloads. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  35. ^ Schnipper, Matthew (30 October 2010).Stream: Hundred in the Hands, "Pigeons" (Kwes Remix). The FADER. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  36. ^ Cliff, Aimee (6 September 2012). "Premiere: Lianne La Havas - Forget (Kwes. Rework)" - Dummy - New Music.] Dummy. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  37. ^ Mercury Music Prize Recommends (November 2011). Recommends. Mercury Music Prize Recommends. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  38. ^ "ClintClinty" (9 July 2006). Ebony Bones @ Anti-Social (Bar Music Hall) PT 2 – YouTube. YouTube Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  39. ^ Cafun, Evian (14 April 2007). Kwes,Forty Fives,EvIaNnAivE,BONO MUST DIE@ULU Video by Evian Cafun – MySpace Video. MySpace. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  40. ^ mytaratata (18 May 2009).video Emission 318 2/4 – Jack PENATE – 318, jack penate – videos MYTARATATA.COM. MYTARATATA.COM Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  41. ^ Mottley, Elan Tamara (June 2009). Elan Tamara – Organ EP – Out 6 June 2011. Elan Tamara. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  42. ^ Williams, Scott (13 May 2010). Leftfield interview – Neil Barnes talks festivals. eFestivals. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.

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