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Today, British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest releases her new song, “Unholy Elixir”—listen BELOW!

The track, produced and mixed by Dan Carey, is accompanied by a video created by illustrator Natalya Lobanova—watch BELOW!

Of the track, Kate says, “This is ‘Unholy Elixir.’ A new version of ‘Holy Elixir,’ which you will have encountered on The Book Of Traps And Lessons. After a year of touring, we discovered new things about the song and wanted to make a version that reflected those discoveries.”

The past 18 months have been a whirlwind of activity for Tempest. After released her third studio album, The Book Of Traps & Lessons, which was executively produced by Rick Rubin, to critical acclaim last June, Kate embarked on an extensive year of touring, which included her biggest show to date at a sold out London Eventim Apollo.

A handful of words often tell you everything you need to know. When asked, who is Kate Tempest? She gives a brief, albeit telling answer. “Kate Tempest is the words,” she responds. You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born, BRIT Award and Mercury Prize-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury. Since her emergence in 2011, she has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. To date, she has published three poetry collections, staged three plays, and released three studio albums. Along the way, she entranced audiences on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, 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. In the midst of this whirlwind journey, she performed a passage of her popular 75-minute narrative poem, Brand New Ancients, on Charlie Rose. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number, and made a call. This set a series of events in motion that led to her 2019 debut album for American Recordings, The Book Of Traps & Lessons (produced by Rubin and Tempest’s frequent collaborator, Dan Carey), out now.

January 27, 2020 1:12pm ET by Republic Records  


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