For those that have listened to UK hip-hop a name like Roots Manuva carries with it a history most artists dream about. There are few artists in the world who can hold one style of flow and keep up with the shifting tides of production. Rodney has a gift and each release he seems to hone and evolve it.
His last album wasn’t my favourite , although it was good, it lacked cohesion . Plenty of singles on there that stood out but I wasn’t really replaying it as much as i wanted to. Bleeds is back on form and it starts with the very first song Hard Bastards . A swell that good albums carry with it , pushing you to latch onto the words as they flow past you. Production is tight, plenty of the soul driven organ and piano work we expect.
There’s a maturity to all of his work and if you want an album to hit the road with or just something on a lazy Sunday to carry you through this is it.
Best on field Stepping Hard and Fighting For , In the replay playlist since its release.