Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, laughs when he remembers how Gilles Peterson "took a risk on a random maverick" back in 2010 by signing him to the 6 Music DJ's Brownswood imprint. Within a year, that risk paid off: Ghostpoet's debut album marked him out as one of the most distinct, uncategorisable and forward-thinking voices to emerge in British music this decade, and it was rewarded with a surprise Mercury Prize nomination in 2011.
Having moved on from Brownswood to Play It Again Sam, Ghostpoet's creativity has blossomed even more. On his second album, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, he pushes even further in all directions than on ‘Peanut Butter Blues’, mixing the abstract and the concrete with uncanny skill. Industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation provide a backdrop for an artist who sounds ever more like a man old before his time.
The lyrics that come through on ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ are as rooted in everyday life as ever, though: from unopened mail to takeaway meals, Ghostpoet is never less than completely identifiable. It's an album that positions Ghostpoet in the tradition of modern British auteurs as interested in pushing the boundaries sonically as expressing cathartic feelings. The album received widespread critical acclaim in publications from Metro and Evening Standard to NME and Mojo.
'Shedding Skin', his highly anticipated third album was also released on Play It Again Sam. The album strays from his traditional sparse electronic beats, instead being recorded with a live band. The album therefore continues the progression of Ghostpoet's work, while bringing the experience of his punchy, emotional live shows onto the record.