His diligent approach to making music has seen him veer away from the limelight and instead fully immerse himself in sound - via this approach he’s collaborated with a dizzying array of leftfield creatives in a variety of guises. He’s produced Big Dada’s Dels and the Mercury Music Prize winning Speech Debelle’s second album Freedom Of Speech as well as exchanging sonics with Micachu on various mixtapes - Kwes has also worked with Damon Albarn and The xx, played live with Bobbie Womack as well as creating a set of contemporary productions based on classic Italian operas. It’s this incredible work-ethic and technicolour aural palette which has led to Albarn and sonic auteur Matthew Herbert both declaring themselves as fans.
M spoke to Kwes ahead of his recent headline gig at a PRS for Music Foundation party held at London’s Scala. We asked him how what working with Damon Albarn was like, how his debut album is progressing and why he’s still ‘bricking it’ when it comes to playing his music live…
Watch him perform his song Bashful for an M live session