Swet Shop Boys
Swet Shop Boys (SSB) have arrived with 'Cashmere', the debut from Queens, New York's Heems (Himanshu Suri, ex-Das Racist) and NW London's Riz MC (Riz Ahmed). Both are prolific artists, actors and activists in their own right, now bringing their creative experience and the riches of their working class immigrant roots together. Rounding out the trio is British producer Redinho, providing the soundtrack for songs like their first single 'T5', where the emcees lament the discrimination they face as they amass frequent flyer miles while traveling the world for work.
'Cashmere' seems timely in a world where the US and UK look
across the pond for different reasons: Trump and Brexit, trap and grime.
From Heems poignant debut 'Eat, Pray Thug', to Riz's acclaimed mixtape 'Englistan', the Trans-Atlantic, Indo-Pak duo have proudly fused their worlds together here. Musically, the palette draws from a gumbo of Qawwali hand claps, hype harmonium, Bollywood string drama, spiralling sitars, Western synths, and an arsenal of drums - from 808's to tablas and tars, dholaks and doumbeks.
Production on the record from Redinho provides the heat for their
melting pot. His debut solo album earned praise from Mark Ronson, Jessie
Ware, and Hudson Mohawke who brought him out on tour in the last year.
Heems started his career with Das Racist, and has kept busy since with his label Greedhead, a series of university lectures, and rapping from Macau to Malaysia. Riz MC's debut 'Post-9/11 Blues' was banned from UK radio, and his music since has maintained that sharp social commentary as well as his acting career, which includes projects like 'Four Lions', 'Nightcrawler', HBO's 'The Night Of' and the new Stars Wars film. 'Cashmere' is set for release on 14th October via their own new imprint, Customs.
03 Jul, 2017
Last Thursday, Swet Shop Boys, the trio of Riz MC, Heems and Redinho, performed 'T5' off their 'Cashmere' LP on their debut TV performance for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.
'T5', which centers around Riz MC & Heems' respective Pakistani and Indian backgrounds, and the prejudice they face when traveling while passing through various airport security check points, comes on the same day that Donald Trump's controversial travel ban is re-enacted in the U.S.
Riz & Heems each added an additional poignant verse to the single that was debuted on the Colbert performance last night.
Additionally, Riz MC dropped a verse and performs in the video for 'Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)', off the 'Hamilton Mixtape', continuing the narrative and critique against buildings walls and closing borders.
06 Jun, 2017
Swet Shop Boys receive a 4 Star review in Guardian Music, for their concert at the Scala in London.
20 Apr, 2017
Swet Shop Boys appearance at London's Scala on 1st June, is now SOLD OUT!
04 Apr, 2017
Swet Shop Boys have announced their 'Sufi La' tour for 2017.
21 Feb, 2017
Swet Shop Boys are amongst the artists chosen by Bobby Friction on the BBC Asian Network, as possible 'international superstars' in the near future.
29 Jan, 2017
Swet Shop Boys premiere their new video for 'Zayn Malik' on Pitchfork. Taken from their album 'Cashmere'.
Swet Shop Boys will appear at the Coachella Festival, before heading to Europe for Primavera Sound.
26 Jan, 2017
Swet Shop Boys will play the Scala in London on 1st June.
28 Nov, 2016
Swet Shop Boys & Ivy Lab were both special guests of Toddla T on his BBC Radio 1 Xtra show, last Friday.