#8 – Roots Manuva – Bleeds – (Big Dada)

Our Rating

6 Wordplay

8 Soul assassins

6 Lyrical genius

8 Production

8 Album Cohesion

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.


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