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Watch SBTRKT’s video for “Hold On” and see him play live at Maida Vale Studios

By Joshua Glazer

UK post-dubstep, bass, broken beat, house producer SBTRKT has released the second video from his debut self-titled album on Young Turks. “Hold On” is one of the clear standouts of the excellent album, featuring a melancholy melody played on thumb piano while singer Sampha delivers the achingly beautiful chorus in a way that recalls the best in classic New York and Chicago soulful house flavored by UK garage swagger.

The video was directed by Sam Pilling, who also made the album’s first clip, “Wildfire,” as well as recent videos for Usher (“Climax”), Wu Lyfe (“We Bros”), and David Lynch (”I Know”). The clip captures a moving scene when a man returns to his suburban home just in time to catch his wife leaving, suitcase in tow. This bit of suburban cliché is made haunting by the fact that the scene plays over and over again in a sort of Groundhog’s Day loop, leaving far more questions than answers.

If you like the clip, then spend another 30 minutes watching SBTRKT and Sampha performing live from BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Yes, that’s actually SBTRKT playing drums while Sampha sings and hits the samples and keys.