Growing up on a musical diet as diverse as Iggy Pop and Fela Kuti, Music Matters celebrates Ghostpoet. Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, he’s almost single-handedly redefining the British hip-hop scene.
Growing up in a combination of places that is as unlikely as any - Nigeria, Dominica, London and Coventry Ghostpoet may have taken in a lot of sounds unconsciously but it's the ones that he found himself that truly matter for his unique take on UK hip hop.
Starting his record buying career with Badly Drawn Boy and moving on towards grime via Iggy Pop, Fela Kuti, MF Doom and Squarepusher he was already in quite a broadminded space by the time he went to university and made friends with folks who taught him the way around Reason.
So by the time he felt ready to fly solo, he had what it takes to counterpoint his twisted yarns on modern life with equally off kilter music, picking up a host of admirers to match his eccentric tastes and signing to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label to boot.
With all that in hand Ghostpoet took a guitarist, a drummer, his electronic arsenal and a microphone to Dublin, where Red Bull Music Academy Radio recorded this set live at the Choice Cuts session at Grand Social: