“In 2009 I took 4 months off work for a Big Trip, with Laura.
We planned to travel from Chennai in southern India all the way back to England by land. For various reasons, from Delhi we ended up having to take a flight over Pakistan to Iran, where we continued our journey by bus and train, through Turkey, across Europe and eventually into St Pancras station with our heads clamouring with memories. As I do, I wrote a lot along the way, and waved my Zoom H4 field recorder around trying to capture as much of the vibe as possible. I came back with hours of sounds and a book full of rhymes.
These lyrics sat in my head for almost 3 years, me not knowing what to do with them, until the morning in December I woke up and realised I had to shape them into an album, and it had to be Tom Caruana on the boards… I called him, he said yer let’s do it, and within a couple of weeks I was travelling up to his house in snow-strewn Yorkshire to re-conjure the textures of hot sand and camels. With his ridiculous beats and the lyrics and sound recordings I already had, we had almost everything recorded in the space of 3 days.
I couldn’t have asked for a better collaborator than Tom: aside from being one of the best beatmakers in hiphop, he’s also been unendingly patient with my perfectionism and general weirdness. Nice one, Tom. You’re a sicko in all the good ways.”