When we last mentioned Raury, he was getting a remix from fast-rising London upstarts Snakehips and getting his mom’s permission to record with SBTRKT.  Well, the wait for that exciting collaboration is over. “Higher” featuring vocals by the 17-year-old Raury is SBTRKT’s latest single off his upcoming Wonder Where We Land album.

“Higher” contains SBTRKT’s signature sound with high-pitch synth patterns, a mesmerizing hi-hat and 808 drum kits, and a haunting background pad that soars as the chorus nears. However, it is the young talent, Raury, that makes this song very much his.

Raury starts his rap off with the lines:

“I’ve been waiting, I’ve been sitting thinking about the situation/
like I’m MLK and speaking out against the segregation/
I can make it through the gate and open it for all my brethren/
I don’t mean to ruffle feathers, n*ggas talkin’ b*tches hatin’ “

His mature words do not reflect his teen-age. If Raury keeps this up, I’m sure we will see a lot more musicians borrowing his talent for future collaborations. You can find out more about Raury at his website.

As far as the music video goes, it is very minimal (as SBTRKT’s most recent videos have been), with a single, centered white light at the top of the screen, shining brightly. Like a meteor streaking across the universe, the viewer is taken on a journey tagging along for the ride. Upon the introduction of the chorus, the light brightens.  As the chorus strikes a second time, the pervading light glows even brighter with a lasting halo.

Watch the video for “Higher” here and pre-order SBTRKT’s new album Wonder Where We Land, out October 7 (US) via Young Turks, on iTunes.


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