Roseau ‘Grab’ (Kwes Remix)
ROSEAU has been about the traps, featuring on the music of others, but the time has finally come for her debut album Salt to come our way. To get ears primed KWES has remixed her track ‘Grab’, a tune about getting fucked up.
Roseau (aka Kerry Leatham) comes from a music maker’s background. Her grandfather used to improvise songs to her as a child, and listening to the lyrics of ‘Grab’, you can feel the struggle to articulate how you feel, but hear very clearly the message “take me home”. This is one track where you are apart of the story, rather than a fly on the wall. Her voice is very raw, in a style that is currently delivering the goods from London through the likes of Connie Constance and Tirzah.
Insert Kwes, who turns this track on its head. It is like there is two ways to look at getting fucked up. Roseau’s original is like job well done on a big night, now get me the hell home to bed (maybe via Maccas), and Kwes’ remix is more of a questioning and confusion, like you have no idea what happened and if it was bad or good, but it happens too often.
The remix starts with a dark menacing intro, breaking into something a little 90’s R’n’B, a little warped. Kwes has created something, which has removed itself from the original, taken it along a different electronic current and still done Roseau’s original track justice.
Words by Madeline Kilby