After the shock of a cancer diagnosis (apparently caught very early according to doctors) revealed at the tail-end of last year, which resulted in cancelled tour dates and a delayed album release, it’s perhaps a bit of a surprise to see this single released right now. Yet another anthemic soul belter, this only bodes well for this modern day queen of soul. Prayers to you Miss Jones.
The Black Acre label’s genre footprint seems to keep smushing itself out sideways - which is never a bad thing - and Clap! Clap!’s debut EP for the imprint is the perfect case in point. One part tribal drums, one part jazz deviation and the other part modern, taut electronic production, there are moments, like on ‘Tamacounda’s White Magic’, where Digi G’Alessio does all of them at once and it’s astounding and abrasive - all at once.
Badhabitz produces the teaser track 'Villainz' from this superb new EP from Split Prophets acolytes Bill & Paro and good God it's wonderful - a vibe that's reminiscent of Telemachus/Jehst's 'Sheltering Sky' but even more located away from the desert and in the heat-struck crowded streets, sax and droneing harmonium adding to the steady destabilisation of your sense of place and space. Great flows from Bill and Hozay - Split Prophets once again shaping up as one of the finest stables of talent the UK has. Go get it.
Easily one of Grime’s most exciting producers pushing the boundaries with style and confidence. Sick EP.