OBARO Ejimiwe rather flippantly describes Ghostpoet as “a chance for me to mumble over quirky sounds,” but in reality there’s a lot more to his music than that.
In fact, the Londoner has spent recent years establishing himself among the UK’s most engaging lyricists - yet whereas those words have until now been set to minimal beats, Shedding Skin feels like an apt title for full-length number three.
Although maintaining that token brooding vibe, the palette on this record is dominated by traditional guitar, bass and drums; an approach which owes more to alt rock than hip hop or electronica.
It may seem an unusual move for such an inventive artist, but it’s sound which grabs from the off and only continues to beguile with further listens.
There’s a slight North East flavour too, with Nadine Shah and Paul Smith among a succession of individuals whose guest slots perfectly compliment his token slur.
A real critics’ favourite, Ejimiwe scored a Mercury nomination back in 2011 for his debut, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam. Expect this to scoop another. 8/10. AW