Critically acclaimed British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest released her third studio album, The Book of Traps & Lessons, on June 14th via Fiction/American Recordings. The album was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin and Tempest’s longtime collaborator Dan Carey. This is the first time Kate and Dan have worked with the legendary US producer. What has transpired is an incredible piece of work that takes the listener on a 45:02 minute journey of highs, lows and core bearing emotions. The tracks comprise a narrative thread and are intended to be listened to in one sitting.
The first track from the album, entitled ‘Firesmoke’ was premiered on BBC 6Music. Of “Firesmoke”, Kate says, “I think of the song like a cleansing moment in the wider context of the record, in the same way that a relationship can be a cleansing moment in the wider context of a life. A kind of a turning point. I wrote it for my woman. Inspired by her and everything that falling in love with her has taught me.”
Since her emergence in 2011 the London-born artist has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. To date, she has published three poetry collections, one book-length poem, a novel, staged three plays, and released two solo studio albums—Everybody Down (shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize), and Let Them Eat Chaos (shortlisted for the 2017 Mercury Prize). Along the way, she entranced audiences on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” and more. Not to mention, she garnered widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Forbes, and more, to name a few.
Kate’s UK tour kicked off last night at Oxford’s O2 Academy and includes a show at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith tonight which will be her biggest headline show to date. Kate also visits the South Coast this Saturday (19th) with a date at the Brighton Dome.
UK TOUR DATES
14th – O2 Academy, Oxford
15th – Eventim Apollo, London
16th– O2 Institute, Birmingham
18th– O2 Academy 2, Leicester
19th– Dome, Brighton
20th – O2 Academy, Bristol
8th – LCR, Norwich
9th– O2 Academy, Sheffield
10th – Albert Hall, Manchester
12th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
13th – Tramshed, Cardiff
16th – The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
17th – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Tickets are available via www.katetempest.co.uk/tour