It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since the Quakers – the collaborative project of Geoff Barrow, Supa K, and 7STU7 – delivered their debut project, but that’s the reality we face in the practically slow-motion moving year that is 2020.
Now, they’re set to return with II – The Next Wave come November 13th. Any kind of escape is arguably more needed than ever, so their return is a more than welcome one, even if it’s rather blunt medicine. Member Supa K (previously known as Katalyst) explains, “The project has evolved organically … the world has changed and the music reflects that. We’ve all had enough of the global corruption and all those profiting from it.”
A natural partner for the opening salvo from their sophomore album arrives in the form of The Koreatown Oddity, himself a musical rogue. Something of a rapping John Darnielle, the man has been releasing lo-fi tapes for years, finally gaining fuller attention with this year’s Little Dominique’s Nosebleed. Speaking on his collaboration with Quakers, he explains his simple, genuine method to approaching the track: “Quakers sent the beat and these are the words that came to my mind.“
What resulted is a bracing, honest portrait of life as a minority in America in 2020. Suffice to say, it’s far from all roses.
Check out the song below, and stay tuned for more from Quakers very soon.
Quakers II – The Next Wave is out on November 13 via Stones Throw and will feature many more guests including Jeremiah Jae, Sampa The Great, Guilty Simpson, Jeru the Damaja, Jonwayne, and more.