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Origin Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts

Kwes ( /kwɛs/;[1] sometimes stylised as Kwes. or [o=o]. ) is a record producer, songwriter, musician, mixer and recording artist from Lewisham, London. Kwes is best known for his production and collaborative work with a variety of artists including Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, ELIZA, Kelela, Loyle Carner, Micachu, Nao and Solange.


Kwes is best known for his production and collaborative work with Micachu, Nao, Kelela, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Eliza Doolittle, Loyle Carner, Solange Knowles, Speech Debelle, DELS and Kano.[2]

Kwes is currently signed to Warp Records as a solo artist and released his debut album, ilp in October 2013.

Kwes has also reworked several artists including Hot Chip, Metronomy, Lianne La Havas, Zero 7[3] amongst many others.

Kanye West and his once 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".


DRC Music[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.[4] The Congolese band Tout Puissant Mukalo joined them as well. All proceeds benefit Oxfam's work in the DRC.[5] The album was released by Warp Records.[6] Kwes' produced four out of fourteen tracks within the record.

Opera di Peroni[edit]

In summer 2012 and early winter 2013, Kwes partnered with Go Opera and Peroni Brewery to create a series of opera concerts, entitled as Opera di Peroni.[7] The Opera di Peroni project was staged live in various cities throughout the UK and had featured Kwes’ and Go Opera's take on selected arias from Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's La Boheme and La Rondine.

Production discography[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Label Credit
2018 Tirzah all tracks Devotion (LP) Domino Mixing
2018 Kwes. all tracks songs for Midi (EP) Warp Production, write, mixing, primary artist
2017 Kelela all tracks Take Me Apart Warp Mixing
2017 Kelela "Waitin", "Take Me Apart", "Enough", "Better", "LMK", "Truth or Dare", "Turn To Dust", "Altadena" Take Me Apart Warp Additional production w/ various
2017 All We Are all tracks Sunny Hills Domino Co-production, mixing
2017 Elan Tamara "We're Different" We're Different (single) self-release Production
2017 ELIZA "Wide Eyed Fool" Wide Eyed Fool (single) ELIZA Mixing
2017 Loyle Carner "Florence", "Mrs C" and "Sun of Jean" Yesterday's Gone AMF, Virgin EMI Production, co-write (on all tracks); Production, co-write and mixing (on "Florence")
2017 BILA "Didn't Lose" Didn't Lose (single) self-release Production, co-write
2017 Elan Tamara "Long Walks" Long Walks (single) self-release Production
2016 Solange "Don't You Wait", "Where Do We Go", "Don't Wish Me Well", "Scales" A Seat At The Table Saint, Columbia Co-production, co-write w/ various
2016 PAULi all tracks The Idea Of Tomorrow PAULi Co-production
2016 Kano "My Sound" Made in the Manor BPM, Parlophone Additional production, co-write w/ Blue May and Jodi Milliner
2016 Hudson Mohawke "Indian Steps" Lantern Warp Additional production w/ Hudson Mohawke
2016 Nao "It's You" February 15 Little Tokyo, Sony Production, co-write
2016 Rosie Lowe "Right Thing" Control Wolf Tone, Polydor Production, co-write w/ Dave Okumu and Rosie Lowe
2015 George Maple "Gripp" ft. Kilo Kish Vacant Space Future Classic Pty, Virgin EMI Production, co-write
2014 DELS all tracks Petals Have Fallen Big Dada Production, co-write w/ various
2014 Kwes. all tracks ilpix (EP) Warp Production, write, primary artist
2014 Moko "Missing Love" Gold (EP) MTA, Virgin EMI Production, co-write
2014 Shivum Sharma all tracks Flicker / Only You (single) National Anthem Production[8]
2014 Rosie Lowe all tracks Right Thing (EP) 37 Adventures Production, co-write w/ Dave Okumu and Rosie Lowe[9]
2014 Pusha T "Who I Am" ft. 2 Chainz and Big Sean My Name Is My Name GOOD, Def Jam Sampled
2014 Eliza Doolittle "Don't Call It Love" In Your Hands Parlophone Production, co-write[10]
2013 Kwes. all tracks ilp Warp Production, write, primary artist
2013 Valentina all tracks Wolves (EP) Greco Roman Production w/ various[11]
2012 Bobby Womack "Whatever Happened To The Times" The Bravest Man In The Universe XL Production w/ Damon Albarn and Richard Russell[12]
2012 Kwesachu (Kwes & Micachu) all tracks Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.2 (mixtape) self-release Production w/ Micachu
2012 Kwes. all tracks Meantime Warp Production, write, mixing, primary artist
2012 Speech Debelle all tracks Freedom Of Speech Big Dada Production, co-write[13]
2012 Sunless '97 all tracks Making Waves (EP) Abeano/XL Production[14]
2012 Valentina all tracks Weights (EP) Little Chaos Production w/ Blue May[15]
2011 Elan Tamara all tracks Organ (EP) Big Dada Production
2011 DRC Music "Customs", "Three Piece Sweet Part 1 & 2", "If You Wish to Stay Awake", "Departure", "Three Piece Sweet Part 3 (bonus track)" Kinshasa One Two Warp Production, co-write w/ various[16]
2011 DELS "Hydronenberg", "Moonshing", "Eating Clouds", "Violina/Bread Before Bed", "DLR", "Droogs", "GOB" GOB Big Dada Production, co-write
2010 Dog Bite all tracks Machino Machino / Take Your Time (single) Young Turks Production[17]
2010 Elan Tamara all tracks Shadows (EP) Bokkle Production[18]
2010 Kwes. all tracks No Need To Run (EP) Young Turks Production, mixing, write, primary artist
2009 Elan Tamara all tracks Gold Fishes (EP) self-release Production
2009 Kwesachu (Kwes. & Micachu) all tracks Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1 (mixtape) self-release Production w/ Micachu
2009 Kwes. all tracks Hearts In Home/Tissues (single) Salvia/XL Production, write, primary artist
2009 Micachu "Kwes' Outro" Filthy Friends: Mix Tape Volume 1 self-release Production

Reworks (selected)[edit]

Artist discography[edit]


Year Album details
2013 ilp.


Year EP details
2010 No Need To Run[28][29]
2012 Meantime
  • Released: 30 April / 1 May 2012
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: 12" EP, CD, Digital download
2018 songs for Midi[30]
  • Released: 5 April 2018
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: 12" EP, Digital download

Remix EP[edit]

Year Remix EP details
2014 ilpix
  • Released: 15 September 2014
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: Digital download


  • "Hearts in Home" (16 February 2009)
  • "Get Up" (13 November 2011)[31]
  • "Bashful" (7 March 2012)[32]
  • "Rollerblades" (26 November 2012)[33]


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

Live session duties[edit]

  • Ebony Bones – Guitarist[34][35] (2006–2007, 2008)
  • Bono Must Die now O. Children – Keyboardist[36] (2007)
  • Jack Peñate – Laptop and keyboards[37] (2009)
  • Kwesachu (with Micachu) – co-production and co-selector (2009–?)
  • Elan Tamara – Bassist[38] (2009–2011)
  • Leftfield – Keyboards and Computers[39] (2010)
  • Bobby Womack – Keyboards (2012–2013)


  1. ^ "Why Kwes's ilp is the one album you should listen to this week – video". The Guardian. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ (November 2011). 24 Year Old Producer, Kwes Collaboration – The Producers season 2 episode 3 – YouTube. Red Bull Music / The Producers. Retrieved on 2012-03-08.
  3. ^ Subba Cultcha. Subba Cultcha news culture – Free and exclusive mix from Zero 7 here. Subba Cultcha. Retrieved on 2010-06-15
  4. ^ "Kinshasa One Two". DRC Music. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Damon Albarn previews DRC Music project with "Hallo" " Consequence of Sound". 25 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Damon Albarn-led DRC Music details Congo album " Consequence of Sound". 30 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  7. ^ CMU Editorial. Kwes partners with Peroni in live opera venture – CMU: Complete Music Update. CMU: Complete Music Update. Retrieved on 2013-10-18.
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  13. ^ Murray, Robin (10 November 2011). Speech Debelle Returns – 10 Nov 2011 | Clash Music Latest Breaking Music News. Clash Magazine. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  14. ^ Recommender, The (13 October 2011). SUNLESS '97 – The Recommender. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  15. ^ » Interview: Valentina DRUNKENWEREWOLF. (30 November 2011). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
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  17. ^ Machino Machino, the Kwes produced debut single from Dog Bite. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  18. ^ Saxelby, Ruth (28 October 2010). Elan Tamara interview: "Go with your gut instinct." | Dummy » Features. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  19. ^ Invisible, The (2) – Constant (Vinyl) at Discogs. (4 February 2008). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  20. ^ Monkey (12) – Monkey Bee Remixes (CDr) at Discogs. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  21. ^ Buy Portico Quartet – Cittagazze (Kwes [0=0] Rework) online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  22. ^ Release Details: CRAMMED DISCS. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
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  24. ^ Duke, Samuel (2 December 2010). DOWNLOAD: Bomb The Bass – The Infinites (Kwesachu Remix): RCRD LBL. RCRD LDL. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  25. ^ Night Train (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [+Digital Booklet]: Keane: MP3 Downloads. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
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  33. ^ Warp (26 November 2012). Warp / Kwes / Warp / Kwes 'Rollerblades' available to download now, 7-inch out in January. Warp. Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  34. ^ Mercury Music Prize Recommends (November 2011). Recommends. Mercury Music Prize Recommends. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
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  37. ^ mytaratata (18 May 2009).video Emission 318 2/4 – Jack PENATE – 318, jack penate – videos MYTARATATA.COM. MYTARATATA.COM Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  38. ^ Mottley, Elan Tamara (June 2009). Elan Tamara – Organ EP – Out 6 June 2011. Elan Tamara. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.
  39. ^ Williams, Scott (13 May 2010). Leftfield interview – Neil Barnes talks festivals. eFestivals. Retrieved on 2011-11-18.

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