Awfully Deep [Limited Edition]

Awfully Deep [Limited Edition]

by Roots Manuva
     
 

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Roots Manuva has never lacked for critical respect from his British public -- a MOBO award for his debut, a Mercury nomination (and heavily favored to win) for his second -- but if he ever wished to crash the charts from Brooklyn to Bengal, 2005 was the year to do it. The success of British rap in general, and grime or Dizzee Rascal in particular, appeared to grant

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Roots Manuva has never lacked for critical respect from his British public -- a MOBO award for his debut, a Mercury nomination (and heavily favored to win) for his second -- but if he ever wished to crash the charts from Brooklyn to Bengal, 2005 was the year to do it. The success of British rap in general, and grime or Dizzee Rascal in particular, appeared to grant him the perfect point of entry into the greater world of pop music. The concept was even more perfect considering that the bashment style pioneered by Roots and his alter ego, producer Lord Gosh, was a natural fit for any Dizzee fans unaware of his hard-hitting, dubwise, digitalic work (which must have been an influence on a few grime producers). Instead, Roots Manuva decided to pull way back and record an introverted, questioning, occasionally angry album, one that studiously avoids the monster productions that propelled Run Come Save Me into the canon of great hip-hop albums. Early on, he proclaims what a term like British rap means to him: "I'm just a U.K. black making U.K. tracks/I've got love for every one of those scenes/and them pigeonholes will have nothing to hold me." Fans who see him squandering all of the inertia created by British rap's quick ascent to worldwide respect won't be excited by what they hear, but a few tracks do stand out. "A Haunting" conjures up the ghosts of his West Indies and African roots with a spectral horn line and nyahbinghi rhythms underneath a near-spoken-word reading. And in the closest track to his patented bashment style, "Chin High" rides a brutal tech bassline and stuttering electro effects to support a rap about the absurdity of machismo. Overall, Roots Manuva may have a lot to say during the verses, but when his choruses consist of little more than a repeated line shouted over and over ("Awfully Deep," "Too Cold"), listeners won't be hanging around long enough to decipher his rhymes. [Limited editions of the album added a five-track bonus disc including demo versions of "Too Cold" and "The Falling," plus remixes of "Chin High" and "Rebel Heart."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Big Dada Records
UPC:
0625978497227
catalogNumber:
972
Rank:
157100

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Performance Credits

Roots Manuva   Primary Artist,Vocals
John McKenzie   Bass
Mark Shaffer   Guitar
Limmie Snell   Bass,Keyboards
Maxie Taylor   Bass
Wayne Bennett   Keyboards
Marshmello   Background Vocals
Jean Claude King   Guitar
Hazel Jayne Sim   Background Vocals
Harry Bennett   Drums
Luke "Lukvatine" Smith   Bass
Tom Zacharias   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tommy Hunter   Cover Photo
Samuel Parker   Engineer
Andrew Ross   Instrumentation
Steve Dub   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Ben Drury   Art Direction
A. Ross   Composer
Easy Access Orchestra   Producer
Roots Manuva   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ben Castle   Engineer
R. Lamb   Composer
Ben Weaver   Art Direction
Ralph Lamb   Instrumentation
Gosh   Producer
Wayne Bennett   Producer,Engineer
Hylton Smythe   Producer,Engineer
W. Bennett   Composer
Blackitude   Producer
DJ MK   Cut
Ed Shrager   Engineer

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