The Hunter (EP)

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The Hunter
EP by Kele
Released 7 November 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative dance, electro house, dubstep, synthpop
Length 29:05
Label Wichita, Liberator
Producer Fred Falke, Kele, Daniel Lindegren, QNESS, RAC, XXXChange
Kele chronology
The Boxer
(2010)
The Hunter
(2011)
Singles from The Hunter
  1. "What Did I Do?"
    Released: 23 September 2011

The Hunter is the first EP (and follow up to the 2010 solo album The Boxer) by Kele Okereke (under the professional name Kele), lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the British rock band Bloc Party. It was released on 7 November 2011 by Wichita Recordings in the UK, set back a week from the original release date,[1][2] and 3 days earlier on 4 November 2011 by Wichita Recordings and Liberator Music in Australia.[3] The first single released from the EP was "What Did I Do?", which features guest vocals from Lucy Taylor. The music video was released on 13 September 2011,[4] with the song released as a digital single in Japan 10 days later.[5]

Background[edit]

The EP was announced about 2 weeks after Bloc Party met up in New York to begin the writing process for their fourth studio album.

The EP's first single was "What Did I Do?", which features vocals from singer Lucy Taylor.[4] The music video was released on 13 September 2011, with the song released as a digital single in Japan 10 days later.[5] A remix of the single by All The Lights was released as a single by Liberator Music to the Australian iTunes Store on 16 November 2011.[6]

The EP featured production from XXXChange (who was responsible for the production on Kele's first solo release, The Boxer), RAC, Fred Falke and QNESS, with Sub Focus also mixing the lead single. The EP also sees Kele doing production work for the first time, producing the track "Cable's Goodbye".

It contains six original songs, as well as a cover of Q Lazzarus' song "Goodbye Horses". Speaking to This Is Fake DIY, Kele said, about the cover of "Goodbye Horses":

It’s one of my favourite songs of all time. I’ve never done a cover before. It’s quite an iconic song because it was used in quite a famous sequence in Silence Of The Lambs. I really like the image in the lyrics. To me, it’s a song about transcendence. It felt right to do and I hope that I’ve done it justice. I am glad that I get to reintroduce the song to a whole generation of people who have never heard it.[7]

Kele Okereke, on "Goodbye Horses" and his cover of it

Musical style[edit]

The musical style of the EP differs from Kele's first solo effort, The Boxer, in that it explores into adding dubstep basslines, synthpop elements and dancehall tones to songs, while still keeping some of the experimental elements of The Boxer's production.

Coverage[edit]

Despite the EP's lead single "What Did I Do?" being publicised by many major magazines online,[8][9] the EP itself was not widely reviewed. At the time of release a statement from Bloc Party's guitarist, Russell Lissack, was circulating in the press suggesting that Kele was no longer a part of the band and that they were planning to audition new singers.[10] The band later indicated that this was not the case,[11] as did Okereke when he posted pictures of him working with the other Bloc Party band members on his own website.[12]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Commercially, the EP performed poorly, charting only in Australia with a peak of 79 on the Australian Albums Chart,[13] and a peak of number 27 on the Australian Digital Albums Chart.[14]

The lead single, "What Did I Do?", also only achieved a chart position in Australia, reaching a peak of 82 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart[13] and 18 on the Australian Dance Chart.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Drowned in Sound[15] (5/10)
The Independent[16] 3/5 stars
This Is Fake DIY[17] (7/10)

Drowned in Sound were rather critical of the album, stating that the track 'Release Me' "is irredeemably poor, a beige-by-numbers of bland synth stabs and trite lyrics that somehow manages to be both incredibly dull and, like the EP’s cover, unintentionally hilarious". However, they were also more positive with mixed comments regarding the song "Love as a Weapon", calling it "the clear standout" of the EP, noting that it "builds from glitches and light percussion into a mesh of samples and piano arpeggios and hummed melodies lifted straight from 'The Prayer'".[15]

This Is Fake DIY gave the EP a score of 7/10, criticising the tone of Kele's lyrics, stating that The Hunter "sees Kele complete his journey from indie rock miserabalist to dubstep, floorfilling… miserabilist", and the EP's title, saying that "after the release of The Boxer, Kele continues his attempt to lay claim to all traditionally masculine roles with The Hunter", they jokingly added that "contenders for his next album title could be The Brickie or The Mechanic". The generally favourable review did however praise the EP in other areas, stating that "for the most part, this is an EP of arms aloft, triumphant club bangers - of someone comfortable with their voice and with their sound".[17]

The Independent commented that main producer XXXChange "brings a bracing electro sensibility to proceedings". They also recommended the songs "Release Me", "Devotion" and "Cable's Goodbye".[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "What Did I Do?" (featuring Lucy Taylor) Kele Okereke XXXChange 3:38
2. "Release Me"   K. Okereke RAC, QNESS (add.) 3:49
3. "Devotion"   K. Okereke XXXChange 4:28
4. "Goodbye Horses" (Q Lazzarus cover) William Garvey Daniel Lindegren, Fred Falke (add.) 4:12
5. "Cable's Goodbye"   K. Okereke Kele 3:39
6. "Love as a Weapon"   K. Okereke XXXChange 4:47
7. "You Belong to Someone Else"   K. Okereke XXXChange 4:32
Total length:
29:05

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from The Hunter CD booklet.

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label
Australia[3] 4 November 2011 CD, digital download Wichita, Liberator
UK 7 November 2011 CD, digital download, vinyl Wichita
US 8 November 2011 Digital download
Japan[18]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release new solo EP". NME. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Kele releases The Hunter EP". Wichita Recordings. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Kele Store - The Hunter E.P.". Getmusic. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Kele ft. Lucy Taylor - What Did I Do". Kele via YouTube. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Kele - What Did I Do? - Single - iTunes Store Japan". Japanese iTunes Store. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - What Did I Do? (All The Lights Remix) [Feat. Lucy Taylor] - Single by Kele". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Kele: New EP Is "More Melancholic & A Little Bit Darker". This Is Fake DIY. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  8. ^ "Hear Bloc Party's Kele Okereke's new solo single 'What Did I Do' - audio". NME. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  9. ^ "Bloc Party Kicks Out Kele Okereke?". Pitchfork. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  10. ^ "Bloc Party confirm they will be auditioning new singers". NME. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  11. ^ "Bloc Party is still Bloc Party". Bloc Party. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  12. ^ "11.11.11". iamkele. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Chartifacts - ARIA Music News". Ariacharts.com.au. 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  14. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  15. ^ a b "Kele - The Hunter / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  16. ^ a b Gill, Andy (4 November 2011). "Album: Kele, The Hunter EP (Wichita)". The Independent (London). 
  17. ^ a b "Kele - The Hunter – EP Reviews". This Is Fake DIY. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  18. ^ "Kele - The Hunter - iTunes Store Japan". Japanese iTunes Store. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 

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