The one and only Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva returns to the fray with a four track EP displaying a perfect balance between stripped back lyrical goodness and dancefloor crunchiness. The last track on Mr Manuva's acclaimed 2011 album, 4everevolution, "Banana Skank" is here reimagined by WAFA as a hyperkinetic club smasher, all intricate changes of direction and emphasis, but without losing any of the original's joyful reggae pulse. Not be outdone, Smith links up his own sequel to the original, a kind of motoric good trip/bad trip which reminds you yet again what a uniquely talented producer he is. "Party Time" and "Natural" reinforce the point, showcasing the stripped back, icy productions Manuva has been making at his secret Tottenham base over the last year or so. He is joined on both tracks by long time Banana Klan collaborator Kope and together the two trade lines and verses in the best traditions of hip hop, their voices (and imaginations) bouncing off each other in an intertwining stream of consciousness that almost demands to be read across both tracks.
One of the true pioneers of Black British music, as well as one of its greatest, most maverick talents, Roots Manuva is currently working on a new album, writing an opera, developing a comic book, penning an autobiography and looking after his kids.
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"Contemplative yet hugely enjoyable... gritty yet gently humorous... hugely impressive" - The Times 4/5
"His best album yet" - The Sunday Times
"Everything on this album seems to burst with brilliant vitality" - Metro, 5/5, Album of the Week
"Still in peak form, voicing socially aware hip hop and outre electro-disco, all with an eloquence which often eludes the newer generation" - The Daily Telegraph
"Intense, cutting and clever, this is an album that unfolds at blistering pace. Roots Manuva just keeps on delivering. Here's to another decade." - Drowned In Sound, 8/10
"Smith seems... to have hit the richest creative vein of his accomplished career. This outstanding longplayer is, by some distance, his best yet... It's a pure... joy to hear British hip hop's most original and inspiring voice hitting his peak" - Garry Mulholland, BBC Music, 9/10
"An album that's contemplative, insightful and filled with a beleaguered sense of the hard-scrabble nature of contemporary life" - The Guardian, 4/5
"Proggy electronic wizardry, warped R&B and sleekly produced, astute socio-political commentary" - NME
"Filled with classic lines and insights aplenty" - Music Week
"Combining introspective lyrics with off-beat production to infectious effect" - Shortlist
"Not many albums this year will be as jaw-droppingly good" - Loud & Quiet, 9/10
"Might be his best yet... a capitivating album with bass at its heart." - Mixmag, 4/5
"Ups the stakes with boundary-stretching pop... he's certainly never sounded so sharp" - Q, 4/5
"Urgently inventive, ranging over dark future-bass, disco soul, dubby soundscaping, dancehall, doo-wop and deep house" - Time Out, 4/5
"A tidy summation of Roots' myriad moods, it plays almost like a greatest hits set, skittering with casual genius" - Mojo, 4/5
"A fully rounded work that takes its author beyond the urban music ghetto into something more accomplished" - Observer, This Season's 10 Biggest Album Releases
"An almighty album" - Artrocker, 5/5
"Here's a real national treasure" - Loaded, 4.5/5
"The best UK hip hop artist ever" - Daily Star
"He's still going his own singular way... another excellent album" - Evening Standard
"A more approachable album than any of his previous LPs... infinitely funky and incorrigibly danceable" - The Fly
"An album for ravers, vybzers and thinkers" - RWD
"Sucks you in like a black hole of immense, funkified gravity... very fine" - The Skinny, 4/5
1.BTG (PROD. BY PLATINUM SELLERS BEATS)
2.ROLLIN' (PROD. BY PLATINUM SELLERS BEATS)
3.BEYOND ILLUSION (PROD. BY SPENCEMILLS)
4.JUST THE WAY (FT. KIDD) (PROD. BY JON KILMER)
5.SUBURB PARTY (PROD. BY LEXI BANKS)
7.YOLO (PROD. BY LEXI BANKS)
8.BIG (PROD. BY PLATINUM SELLERS BEATS)
9.IDGAF (PROD. BY JON KILMER)
10.GOTTA GET IT (PROD. BY JOHNNY JULIANO)
11.MY STORY (PROD. BY TASERPRODUCTIONS)
12.FADE (PROD. BY DOWNTOWN MUSIC)
13.SHE DON'T EVEN KNOW (PROD. BY JOHNNY JULIANO)
14.LOUD (PROD. BY GENERALBEATS)
15.GOOD TIMES (PROD. BY GENERALBEATS)
Tha Alumni Presents: Sean Brown - The High End Theory
Courtesy Papa Smirf.
Tha Alumni Music Group Presents Sean Brown's official mixtape "The High End Theory", inspired by the classic Tribe Called Quest album "The Low End theory". Sean states, "The Hi End Theory", represents the the new "conscious" mindstate of hip hop keeping my sound lyrical, authentic, while elevating my mind.
Video: 2 Chainz Breaks Down "Based On A T.R.U. Story"
DJ Vlad: The Georgia rapper holds an event for his album, and thanks everyone that put in hard work to make it happen. He then runs through some of the producers on the album, including Kanye West, Drumma Boy and Bangladesh.
Musician and producer Ryan Leslie — who offered $1 million for the return of a stolen laptop — readily admitted in Manhattan court yesterday that he reneged on the deal.
But he insisted that was because the things he really wanted returned were the unreleased tunes he’d written and stored on the computer’s external hard drive. And he said he was never able to access them after he got the gear back.
On his way out of the courtroom, Leslie told his entourage, — including Tunisian girlfriend and model Kenza Fourati — “Tomorrow we’ll know whether I’ll be writing checks or buying Maseratis.”
Video: DNA on E-Ness Disrespecting Him During Battle
DJ Vlad: DNA came back to our VladTV studios for a second interview, and this time around he spoke in depth about his battle with E-Ness. He detailed how he prepared his bars for Ness, and tried not to have every single thing he said be about Ness' days walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to get cheesecake for Diddy. He also opened up on how he felt while Ness was talking over his rhymes and if he would've done anything differently during the battle while Ness was acting out.
His first release since smash hit "Makusa," PRINCE MALIK's new single "SO BAD," from the album "Crown Me" - featuring collaborations with Jim Jones, Meek Mill, Flo Rida, Lumidee and Sean Kingston; will be available to fans in both in radio and dance mix versions. Since its release, "Makusa" charted #1 on radio and aired worldwide on MTV. "Makusa" was one of two Spanish tracks on the "Lifestyle" album, the other being "Cara de Angel," which is still getting spins in US.
"Simbreaker" is the second video release off the album Something You Feel, by rapper/producer Jai Nitai Lotus (pronounced Thai Nee-tie) . This gritty minute "no hook" anthem, produced by Simahlak, is a full body, frenetically-charged track packed with lo-fi guitars and manically psyched keyboard stabs.