Kwes has been bubbling under since 2006, which is when I first met this remarkable artist/producer. While mucking about in the music store under the old Virgin Megastore on Oxford street in London, Kwes started playing a small keyboard, and un-prompted by me, played in it's entirety, a song i'd sent him by my own band at the time. Not a note was left out, from memory, he played every part. I was in Awe.
When you scratch a little deeper, Kwes becomes much more than a producer, he's a multi instrumentalist, with almost superhuman hearing as well as Synaesthesia.
As a Producer, Kwes has just finished Speech Debelles second record, as well as recently taking part in Damon Albarn's DRC project. As an artist, his debut is out on Warp this year, and has been tipped by many to breakthrough into the public consciousness. He recently took part in the Vice Producers series, which you can check out below.
Kwes is also playing the HMV NEXT BIG THING festival upstairs at The Garage in London alongside the previously STC featured Gang Colours. Details HERE
KWES Warp Records