Review | Loyle Carner – Not Waving, But Drowning

This article originally appeared on ClashMusic.com Following the breakthrough success of his 2017 Mercury Prize-nominated debut ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, rapper Loyle Carner continues in a similar vein with his second album, producing another commendable effort comprised of his customary heartfelt sentiments. The album is bookended by poetic dialogue between Carner and his mother Jean, with the former initially giving his take on growing up, moving out and finding … Continue reading Review | Loyle Carner – Not Waving, But Drowning

Review | Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist – Fetti

This article originally appeared on ClashMusic.com In the weeks leading up to the release of ‘Fetti’, Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had been teasing fans with their social media back and forth. With Alchemist having already completed his work on the production, the main dialogue between the rappers involved who needed to finish their verses in order for this anticipated album to be released. Eventually, they … Continue reading Review | Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist – Fetti

Review | Chip – TEN10

This article originally appeared on Red Bull Music The Tottenham-raised artist’s new album features Not3s, JME, Frisco and production from Sampha. Not satisfied after fulfilling listeners with League Of My Own II – last year’s sequel to his seminal work from almost a decade earlier – Chip has bounced back with new album TEN10, which knits the musical styles he’s employed over his career. Here … Continue reading Review | Chip – TEN10

Review | Ghetts – Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament

This article originally appeared on Plugsville.com There will always be an air of caution that surrounds albums that act as sequels to an artist’s seminal work. Artists take the risk of tarnishing the records name should its sequel not reach the standards of its previous incarnation, so when Ghetts announced Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, he probably knew the pressure he would be under. Fortunately, … Continue reading Review | Ghetts – Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament

Review | D Double E – Jackuum

This article originally appeared on Plugsville.com Excluding a few notable exceptions, the success of Grime has not been built on classic albums. Instead, the genre’s raw energy that was honed among the many pirate radio sets and raves of the early 2000s have acted as the fuel to take Grime to an established level within popular culture. An emcee that acts as evidence to support … Continue reading Review | D Double E – Jackuum

Albums Of The Year | 2017

My top ten favourite albums of the year: Joey Bada$$ – All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ “Due to the project’s themes, it is likely that All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ will be likened to Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly, adding fuel to those stoking the fire that insists Joey is the east coast’s equivalent to the Compton rapper. Whether you agree with that idea or not, via All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Joey has displayed that he is among … Continue reading Albums Of The Year | 2017

Review | The Cool Kids – Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe

After a much-publicised hiatus that led to them establishing themselves as solo artists, Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks (or Sir Michael Rocks, to use his full title) have reunited as the admired duo The Cool Kids. Their last project together was When Fish Ride Bicycles (2011), however, Chuck explained earlier this year during an interview with HipHopDX that he only considers The Bake Sale (2008) as the … Continue reading Review | The Cool Kids – Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe