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Idris Elba Presents: The YARDIE Mixtape

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Idris Elba Presents: The YARDIE Mixtape
Delivered as an “aftershock” to last year’s directorial debut, Elba selects solidly on this tape. Cadenza’s ‘Teapot’ brings the classic ‘Stop That Train’ riddim right up to the minute – probably par for the course for David Rodigan’s son – while the beat on Newham Generals’ ‘King Fox’ is hard as nails, not without a few burnt-out bars from the veterans. Elsewhere, Elba reminds us of his skills at the controls with the reggae production ‘Stand By Me’, and Mala comes with an atlas stone’s worth of bass weight, even if the melody gets a bit James Bond at times. His snares slap hard, mind, and with some sampled film dialogue thrown in for good measure – and plenty of dubwise business – this mixtape has some staying power.
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