TO TOUR POIGNANT NEW ALBUM: ‘THE UNMASTER’
“An incredible album… brilliant” – GILLES PETERSON
“A brave and wildly different sound… startling” – TOM ROBINSON – 6 MUSIC “A vital, poetic voice in UK rap” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
Bristol-born and London-based multi-instrumentalist rapper, activist, producer and spoken word artist Dizraeli , will be touring his new studio album, the poignant and autobiographical ‘The Unmaster’ this Spring. [Full dates below]
’The Unmaster’ has already been nominated for 2020 Best Album in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards , and Dizraeli has seen key support from tastemakers including Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson), Radio X (John Kennedy), The Line of Best Fit , UKHH, Metro Online , Amazing Radio and Worldwide FM , just to name a few.
The album was recorded and completed over a period of two years, during which Dizraeli experienced a mental meltdown, and funded thanks to a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The artist recently opened up about his personal struggle in interviews with Metro’ s podcast ‘Mentally Yours’ and The Book of Man . Partly inspired by the Zen Buddhist idea of ‘Beginner’s Mind’ , ‘ The Unmaster’ is also a reference to Dizraeli’s own journey through masculinity. The album speaks of madness and collapse, struggle and redemption with searing honesty, surreal humour and a soundtrack unlike anything you’ve heard. A dark, fierce hybrid of hip-hop, grime & West African percussion, it is music to make sense of an insane world.
Entirely written, arranged and produced by Dizraeli, ‘The Unmaster’ features heavy synth work by Danalogue from critically acclaimed electronic-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming , as well as additional production from Dental Records’ Nathan Feddo , and Strangelove ’s producer Chango .
Dizraeli mixed the album with MPG Awards’ ‘Breakthrough Producer Of The Year’ Dilip Harris – who has worked with artists including King Krule , Mount Kimbie and Sia . Whilst Young Fathers and Sampha collaborator Fabrice Bourgelle ’s striking pictures package the album and its singles, perfectly depicting Dizraeli’s emotions and state of mind.
Dizraeli built many of the instruments himself, capturing field recordings around London – the Gamelan sounding instrument in the album opening track ‘I’m A Wave’ was created from the sound of Hackney bus brakes, the drums on ‘Madness’ come from vocal noises and saucepans – whilst the percussion and chanting on ‘My Mama’ were inspired by the ceremonial music Dizraeli witnessed while studying percussion in Senegal.
Talking about the themes behind the album, Dizraeli explained, “beginner’s mind is a mind in a state of renewal and curiosity, for which all experience is new experience, and the idea of obtaining perfection is abandoned. The idea of the Unmaster is also about letting go of the dominant notions of masculinity from our culture, learning to find my place among, rather than above my fellow beings.”
Having composed the soundtrack for the E4 drama ‘Tripped’ and won the BBC Poetry Slam Championship , Dizraeli is known for his work with spoken word artists Kate Tempest and Scroobius Pip . His music has seen support from the likes of The Skinny , Evening Standard , Songlines and Pop Matters , with plays across all BBC Radio stations. He is also a rising radio presenter, hosting his own monthly show on Soho Radio , and recently travelling to Mongolia to present a BBC World Service documentary on the hip-hop pioneers of Ulaanbaatar .
Having proved himself to be a tour de force on the live circuit and fresh from performing the new album with the 47-piece Wilderness Orchestra at Wilderness Festival, in 2019 Dizraeli played at some of the best UK summer festivals, including Boomtown Fair, Larmer Tree and Shambala. th
Dizraeli played a sold-out album launch at Thekla in his hometown Bristol on 20 September , before an 8 date headline UK tour in December to packed venues around the country.
With a remix project of The Unmaster on its way featuring collaborations with Danalogue (The Comet Is Coming) , Spoek Mathambo , Afriquoi, DJ Simbad, Mikey Chestnutt ( Snapped Ankles ) & Orifice Vulgatron of Foreign Beggars, a UK venue tour in the Spring, and summer bookings for We Out Here, WOMAD and many other festivals confirmed, 2020 will be the biggest year yet for this captivating artist.
1. I’m A Wave
3. The World Tilts Sideways
4. Ketamine Honey
5. Daylight Came (Part 1)
6. Rising Son
7. My Mama
8. Fever (Timothy Is Everywhere)
9. I Freak Out
10. Two Slugs (Interlude)
11. Oi Oi
12. Daylight Came (part 2)
13. Shift Up Faith
14. Creatures In The Ceiling
15. Daylight Came (Part3)
15. I The Unmaster
16. Everybody Here’s Golden
17. Sow Some Love
18. I’m A Wave (Part 2)
19. After She Gave Me The Sea
20. The Infinite Mix
Upcoming LIVE DATES
17 April : MK11, Milton Keynes
18 April : EartH, London
22 April : Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
23 April : Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
24 April : Head Of Steam, Newcastle
29 April : Phoenix, Exeter
1 May : Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Truro
24 May : Shindig Weekender Festival
30 May : Old Tech Centre, Dorset
13 June : Kite Festival
4 July : Kelburn Garden Party
12 July : NASS Festival
17 July : Hootananny, London
26 July : WOMAD Festival
21 August : We Out Here Festival
29 August : MOOvin Festival
25 October : Musicport Festival
DIZRAELI – ’THE UNMASTER’ – RELEASED 24 APRIL 2020
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