Written before Ferguson but souding sharper ever since, a living reclamation of soul away from technique/internal commitment and back to its outward-facing political roots. "What are these police on?/Theme song must be 'Who Shot Ya'?/Playing victim, what you want an Oscar?/Grant me a pass Mr. Officer/I’m face down in the mainstream while you pull the trigger to my back/The problem is that, the problem ain’t rap/Can you help me articulate that?" Gensu Dean's amazing, echo-chamber production only adds to the sense of impending doom and present terror. Utterly superb.
For f*@k’s sake! I had no idea Aphex was releasing a new album. Why didn’t anyone say? Needless to say unless you’ve just been released from exile or woken from a coma you’ll have seen/heard/tried to avoid all this talk of Richard D. James' new LP. No doubt some will be hailing this release as the second coming of Christ; others amongst us will just continue to appreciate and admire this creative soul for brilliant, innovative music like this.
Another old duo return but unlike Camp Lo, Lil Fame and Billy Danze stick with what they know has worked in the past and emerge better because of it. Exec-produced by Premo, '187' is produced by Lil Fame's production alter-ego Fizzy Womack and threads a whole load of shouting (cos let's face it M.O.P have always been ACE shouters) under a brutally simple loop from Tears For Fears' 'Head Over Heels'. Not a lot else to it, but mygod it works a treat, retains even with their age a real sense of menace and hooliganism that puts a big sloppy snarl on your face. The EP this comes from, the soon-come 'Street Certified' drops on Halloween and should shit you up all the way till Xmas. Welcome back nutters.
‘Mood’ has long been the key adjective for Fisher’s vocals. Once they stood just the wrong side of more moody and introspective, but latterly they’ve crossed that invisible, yet critical margin towards ‘involving’ and ‘intoxicating’. Set against Richard’s stylistically diverse trance backdrop, by the time Fisher hits the chorus, this becomes (I’m gonna say it!) ‘uplifting’. And that’s a sea change to cheer for.