4everevolution

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Now aged 39, South London rapper Roots Manuva may well be the elder statesman of British hip-hop, but his eighth studio album, 4everevolution, shows he can still summarize the state of the nation more succinctly in one line that most MCs half his age manage over the course of an entire album. "Cost of life so cheap round here/but the cost of living ain't cheap round here," he cleverly delivers in his distinctive, sleepy Cockney drawl on the cinematic "Skid Valley," a diatribe against the government featuring dramatic, James Bond theme-style strings and impassioned soulful vocals courtesy of Skunk Anansie's Skin. It's just one example of the effortless, lyrical wordplay and ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Now aged 39, South London rapper Roots Manuva may well be the elder statesman of British hip-hop, but his eighth studio album, 4everevolution, shows he can still summarize the state of the nation more succinctly in one line that most MCs half his age manage over the course of an entire album. "Cost of life so cheap round here/but the cost of living ain't cheap round here," he cleverly delivers in his distinctive, sleepy Cockney drawl on the cinematic "Skid Valley," a diatribe against the government featuring dramatic, James Bond theme-style strings and impassioned soulful vocals courtesy of Skunk Anansie's Skin. It's just one example of the effortless, lyrical wordplay and socio-political messages on offer throughout its eclectic 17 tracks, which embrace a whole host of urban sounds, from wobbling the dubstep on "Here We Go Again," a cautionary tale of a friend who's taken the wrong path in life, to the twitchy grime of "Revelation" to the woozy, East Coast hip-hop beats and skank guitars of "Who Goes There?" Indeed, Manuva's trademark swagger and acerbic wit are still very much in full flow, but this is by far his most versatile record to date. For every seven-minute slice of challenging, ambient electro-clash, ("The Throes of It"), there is a Radio 1-friendly attempt at soulful, 2-step garage ("Beyond This World"), and for every song which evokes the late-night, inner-city streets of London ("Takes Time"), there is a sunshine-fueled ditty more suited to the beaches of the Caribbean ("Wha' Mek?"). It's an approach which could finally reap the rewards that have so far eluded his critically acclaimed but commercially ignored career, and although the likes of the Basement Jaxx-esque ragga of "Go Champ" and the disco-tinged collaboration with Toddla T ("Watch Me Dance") are potential club anthems, this is no Dizzee Rascal-esque mainstream make-over. Instead, 4everevolution is an appropriately titled, subtle progression which proves that intelligent hip-hop and accessible urban pop don't have to be mutually exclusive, and in the process, Roots Manuva has produced his best record since his 2001 breakthrough, Run Come Save Me.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Big Dada Records
  • EAN: 5021392190822
  • Catalog Number: 190
  • Sales rank: 172,915

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 First Growth (3:08)
  2. 2 Here We Go Again (3:59)
  3. 3 Skid Valley (2:46)
  4. 4 Who Goes There? (2:55)
  5. 5 Watch Me Dance (4:05)
  6. 6 Revelation (4:17)
  7. 7 Wha' Mek (4:40)
  8. 8 Takes Time To (3:13)
  9. 9 Beyond This World (2:33)
  10. 10 Go Champ (2:19)
  11. 11 Get The Get (2:41)
  12. 12 Crow Bars (2:54)
  13. 13 The In the Throes of It (7:03)
  14. 14 Noddy (3:51)
  15. 15 Much Too Plush (3:13)
  16. 16 The Path (3:14)
  17. 17 Banana Skank (2:55)
  18. 18 Snakebite (2:31)
  19. 19 Bust It (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roots Manuva Primary Artist, Bass, Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Spikey Tee Vocals
Mark Shaffer Guitar
Amazirée Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Max Taylor Bass
Bob Earland Drums
DJ MK Choir, Chorus
Harry Bennett Drums
Lee Slater Guitar
Hannah Caughlin Vocals
Ricky Ranking Vocals
Rokhsan Vocals, Background Vocals
Hylton Rodney Keyboards
Elan Tamara Vocals
Chris Taylor Bass, Guitar
The Banana Klan Choir, Chorus
Laurie Collingwood Strings
Kareem Dayes Strings
Gibbs King Keyboards
Daddy Kope Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ben Kelly Strings
Akiko Ishikawa Strings
Technical Credits
Larry Blackmon Composer
Anthony Lockett Composer
Patrick McMahon Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Roots Manuva Producer, Additional Production
Dillip Harris String Arrangements, Additional Production
Adam Dean Guitar Engineer, Drum Engineering
Bob Earland Engineer, Vocal Mixing
Lee Slater Vocal Engineer, Bass Engineer
Theo Gordon Engineer
D. Norris Composer
Chris Taylor Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer, Drum Engineering
Wayne Lotek Demo Engineer
Gibbs King Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Engineer
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