SBTRKT, photo by El Hardwick

SBTRKT just dropped a new song today called "L.F.O.," and it's a collaboration featuring Sampha and George Riley.

It comes ahead of SBTRKT's upcoming album The Rat Road, which is out May 5 on AWAL. And it's the latest in a string of previews off the forthcoming project.

"'L.F.O.' began with me messing around with an analogue synth about 6 years ago—the track title stuck (L.F.O. - Low Frequency Oscillator demo 1)," recalls SBTRKT. "The opening chords became my breakthrough moment, which captured that feeling when chords and melodies feel like they float. Sampha dropped by my studio around 2018—was excited by the sonic palette of it and so we laid down some vocal ideas. Over the time since, I have probably past 70 different versions of this song!"

SBTRKT continues: "Late 2022, I got in touch with George Riley after following her music and the rest started to drop into place! Sometimes songs take 5 minutes and some 5 years to find the right components!"

He adds: "Much love to Sampha for getting involved and being a constant through all my albums - over more than a decade on from our first work together - and to George Riley for being up for experimenting and creating music that doesn't have to fit any rules. Sometimes the pieces find their way together and make sense texturally without forcing a concept on it.”