Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

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Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Studio album by Ghostpoet
Released 4 February 2011
Recorded 2010, Redbull Music Academy studios and The Brownswood Basement
Genre Alternative Hip Hop, Electronica, Post-Dubstep, Grime, Trip Hop
Length 41:11
Label Brownswood Recordings BWOOD057CD
Producer Ghostpoet
Singles from Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  1. "Cash And Carry Me Home"
    Released: January 23, 2011[1]
  2. "Survive It"
    Released: May 6, 2011[2]
  3. "Liiines"
    Released: September 2, 2011[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Lesson Six 4/5 stars[4]

Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam is the debut album of British singer and electronic producer Ghostpoet. It was released worldwide on 4 February 2011 on Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings.[5] The album was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize,[6] but lost to Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.[7]

The Instrumental from "Finished I Ain't" was used on the advert for 2011 Channel 4 drama Top Boy, which following residents of a housing estate in London and their turn to drug dealing and gang culture.


Upon its release, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam received generally good reviews from music critics. The website Metacritic[8] gives the album an aggregated score of 78/100 while, as of July 2011 Amazon ranks it at 18 in their list of the top 50 most acclaimed albums of the year so far.[9] Most reviews, both positive and negative, emphasized the engaging nature of the music; Zachary Houle of Pop Matters praised the sound for being "compelling in its own audacity."[10] Adam Kennedy of the BBC stated that "rarely does a British debut album forge such a fully formed, genuinely unique direction", adding, that the album "throws its headgear into the ring as an early contender for 2011's finest out-of-leftfield long-players".[11] Some reviews were more mixed, however; American magazine CMJ noted the challenging nature of the music, saying that the songs "barely step out of the realm of down-tempo trip-hop genre pioneered by his countrymen Massive Attack," but added that, "Ghostpoet shows that he is close to mastering it."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Ghostpoet

No. Title Length
1. "Onetwos"   0:40
2. "Run Run Run"   3:19
3. "Us Against Whatever Ever"   4:28
4. "Finished I Ain't"   4:19
5. "Longing For The Night"   3:34
6. "Yeah Pause"   0:17
7. "I Just Don't Know"   3:36
8. "Survive It" (featuring. Fabiana Palladino) 4:21
9. "Gaaasp"   5:27
10. "Cash And Carry Me Home"   3:35
11. "Garden Path"   2:49
12. "Liiines"   4:51
  • Note: Some editions of the album combine 'Onetwos' with 'Run Run Run', and 'Longing For The Night' with 'Yeah Pause' respectively.


According to the albums liner notes:

  • Ghostpoet - Vocals, Writing and Production
  • Florian Sauvaire - Drums on "Finished I Ain't", "I Just Don't Know" and "Liiines", Additional production
  • Chris Lockington - Guitar on "Finished I Ain't", "I Just Don't Know" and "Liiines", Additional production
  • Fabiana Palladino - Vocals on "Survive It"
  • Ian "Ean" Carter - Mixing, Guitar on "Finished I Ain't" and "Liiines", Bass on "Liiines", Additional production, Recording
  • Brendon "Octave" Harding - Recording, Additional production
  • Stuart Hawkes - Mastering
  • Nigel R Glasgow - Additional production
  • Mischa Ritcher - Photography
  • Teddy George-Poku - Styling
  • Ana Pryor - Graphics