Spoken word performance is integral to the ethos and understanding of King Midas’ sound. This is a selection of what the band consider to be some of the best ever spoken word pieces chosen by poet, singer, and spoken word artist Roger Robinson.
Carl Hancock Rux- Red Velvet Dress
Mike Ladd – For All Those Killed By The Cops
Saul Williams -Coded Language
Anthony Joseph -She’s like the Sea
Sekou Sundiata- Shout Out
Linton Kwesi Johnson-Making History
Brian Eno and Rick Holland‘s album from earlier this year – The Drums Between the Bells – was a unique experiment looking at the craft of poetry and songwriting through the prism of contemporary electronic music. With music composed by Eno and Holland’s words performed by a kaleidoscopic cast of amateurs and professional singers, it was a patchy but nonetheless valiant experiment. Now a series of recordings that didn’t make it on to the album are being released as a companion EP called ‘Panic of Looking’. Due to be released in November on Warp, there are a further six tracks to enjoy. Stream the title track below.
1. In the Future
2. Not a Story
3. Panic of Looking
4. If these Footsteps
5. Watch a single swallow in a thermal sky, and try to fit its motion, or figure why it Flies
6. West Bay