Roots Manuva - Awfully De/Ep
Roots Manuva’s new EP Awfully De/Ep is a classic example of UK hip-hop that actually sounds British. Roots is distinctly a geezer, unlike some UK acts that have dropped the awful faux-American accent, but kept the Americanised beats and style.
The new track ‘Seat Yourself’ is a well-produced mish-mash of sounds: creepy synth violins, articulated inarticulate babble and churning bass. On the flipside the Diplo remix is bouncy and playful, a softer version of the grimy original.
‘Awfully Deep’, the title track from Manuva’s album is given two new lives. Damon Albarn’s piano piece on the Lambeth Blues version is a great touch. While the Metronomy Remix, somehow successfully transforms the song into an eighties, electronica piece of funk.
It’s delightfully eccentric, very original, very British, and most importantly very good.