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Upfront

Not All Bad

Split Prophets/Bandcamp
Beautifully balanced track from Split Prophets renegade Upfront from his soon-drop album 'Upfront & Personal'. Blank produces a beautifully measured perfect storm of rock-hard beats and sumptuous jazzy production, vocals and trumpet echoed and blended like Teo did to Miles. Upfront's rhymes are hugely engaging, a statement of positivity but not a mindless one, a statement aware of the tough times and the pressures but still emerging totally triumphant with its head proudly up. Gorgeous cuts from DJ Sammy B-Side as well. One of the clearest instant classics I've heard thus far in 2014. The Split Prophet camp just can't stop dropping brilliance into your day. Get with their programme.
9.5