'The Good Fight' is Oddisee's soon-come album and 'That's Love' is the lead single off it. You can almost feel summer being beckoned forth in the grooves, the undulating Roy Ayers suppleness, the squashy Hammond organ, the bubbly Stevie-style keyboards, the insistence of the repetition. O himself drops some beautifully measured, fearlessly honest rhymes about the myriad insanities and torturous self-flaggelation of love and its aftermath. A hip-hop track about love that actually leaves you, through sheer dint of charm and warmth, feeling unfeasibly warmed up, even in England. Superb.
Rennie Foster drops an excellent Detroit-inspired release. In its original format, 'Belladonna' features deeper-than-deep keys with brittle drums, while Foster works in an evocative vocal on the 'Nightshade Remix'. Nubian Mindz delivers a harder, slamming take that doesn’t lose the original track’s musical feeling.
"Need I say more?"
Sumptuous chords, garagey vocals and tight Amen edits fight it out for space with fearsome percussion and off-kilter bass licks on this ravey effort from the South London duo. It's all about the filters and the fearsome junglistic energy.