Album artwork for Everybody Down by Kae Tempest

Kate is best known as a poet, perhaps a performance poet or a spoken word artist. She also has a novel coming out next year with Bloomsbury. But ask Kate what she is and she's more likely to say she's a rapper. That's her true and first love. More of Skinnyman than Seamus Heaney, more of Deal Real's legendary Friday night rap battles than a book signing and reading at Foyles. 'Everybody Down' has twelve 'chapters' telling one long, inspired story, a unique, one-off project and comes produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, M.I.A and Hot Chip). The result is a revelation. Tempest takes the tropes of the hip hop story - drugs, money, gangsters - and brings them to life in a whole new way, a London way, but also a completely personal way, where she inhabits the different characters and shows the boredom and fear in their lives rather than some faked glamour, shows more than anything their need for love. Producer Dan Carey, meanwhile, sculpts soundscapes that pay tribute to the roots of hip hop while melding into the themes Tempest addresses, tough and gritty but intensely musical, the sound of a wet winter's night out in London. He even got US singer-songwriter Willy Mason to contribute a chorus! In the end we get an audio story Dickens might have tried to write, one which is, in Tempest's words, quite simply about 'loving more.' CD - Four panel CD softpack with cyclus offset lyric booklet (textured paper). LP - Heavyweight vinyl with cyclus offset lyric sleeves. LP format also includes digital download coupon.

Kae Tempest

Everybody Down

Big Dada
Album artwork for Everybody Down by Kae Tempest
CD

$12.99

CD

Released 05/20/2014Catalog Number

CD-DADA-242

Kae Tempest

Everybody Down

Big Dada
Album artwork for Everybody Down by Kae Tempest
CD

$12.99

CD

Released 05/20/2014Catalog Number

CD-DADA-242

Kate is best known as a poet, perhaps a performance poet or a spoken word artist. She also has a novel coming out next year with Bloomsbury. But ask Kate what she is and she's more likely to say she's a rapper. That's her true and first love. More of Skinnyman than Seamus Heaney, more of Deal Real's legendary Friday night rap battles than a book signing and reading at Foyles. 'Everybody Down' has twelve 'chapters' telling one long, inspired story, a unique, one-off project and comes produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, M.I.A and Hot Chip). The result is a revelation. Tempest takes the tropes of the hip hop story - drugs, money, gangsters - and brings them to life in a whole new way, a London way, but also a completely personal way, where she inhabits the different characters and shows the boredom and fear in their lives rather than some faked glamour, shows more than anything their need for love. Producer Dan Carey, meanwhile, sculpts soundscapes that pay tribute to the roots of hip hop while melding into the themes Tempest addresses, tough and gritty but intensely musical, the sound of a wet winter's night out in London. He even got US singer-songwriter Willy Mason to contribute a chorus! In the end we get an audio story Dickens might have tried to write, one which is, in Tempest's words, quite simply about 'loving more.' CD - Four panel CD softpack with cyclus offset lyric booklet (textured paper). LP - Heavyweight vinyl with cyclus offset lyric sleeves. LP format also includes digital download coupon.