2000s

ROOTS MANUVA: Run Come Save Me From the moment I got this it was playing again and again and again. For me it just pips Brand New Second Hand by being a bit more light to balance the oppressive, conspiracy laden darkness of the first album. At a time when rap had become hopelessly derivative Roots Manuva was a breath of fresh air. This was no wannabe gangsta shit. This was a bloke from Stockwell dealing with English concerns in his own inimitable fashion. Honestly, it doesn’t sound like it could have come from anywhere else.

PLAID: Spokes A Plaid album is always worth listening to. Always wrapped up in moments of beauty and menace. Always finding rhythms your body never knew existed. In the offbeat. Mind-altering.

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