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Sensational & Kruton collaborate on Power Vacuum

New York MC Sensational collaborates with Power Vacuum label’s founder Kruton

Power Vacuum has announced a new collaboration between the label’s founder Milo Smee aka Kruton and the New York rapper Sensational. The duo’s first collaboration is a six track EP, You In The Right Spot, consisting of productions from Smee’s archive. It includes one new re-work and a host of demos ranging from 1997–2003. Talking about Sensational’s style and how their collaboration came about, Smee muses, “His sonorous voice with that vital yet floppy delivery, beautiful production – the bass work, hats, keys, the mood he achieved and so on – for the things I appreciate he’s a super talent. To me he has parallels with Mark E Smith and Captain Beefheart. Without trying he out-punks anything contemporary.

“I got a swift response from Colin [Bobb aka Sensational] about doing a Bintus/Sensational collab, and wanted to send him material straight away to keep the momentum going,” Smee continues. “I hadn't written the new stuff to send yet, so found some old Kruton demos that might be a useful tempo for him to work with. Then I could reconstruct new tracks around his vocals. The record cut was booked, but a misjudgment meant I ran out of time, bar one new track – which in the end he didn't seem to like as much as the original version anyway. So at that point I let go and went ahead to release the tracks as they were – including that one re-work.”

You In The Right Spot is released by Power Vacuum on 9 February 2016. You can listen to an advance preview of “Turn The Page” from You In The Right Spot below.

Sensational was on the cover of The Wire 310. Subscribers to the magazine can read it here.