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Ascent
     

The Ascent

by Wiley
 
Having jumped from the ultra-cool label Big Dada to the multi-billion dollar Warner Music Group, Wiley seems pushed into a poptacular world on The Ascent, which is strange because he always seemed willing to jump. Take the lead single "Heatwave," which is sun, fun, and infectious enough for radio and where Wiley sounds perfectly at home

Overview

Having jumped from the ultra-cool label Big Dada to the multi-billion dollar Warner Music Group, Wiley seems pushed into a poptacular world on The Ascent, which is strange because he always seemed willing to jump. Take the lead single "Heatwave," which is sun, fun, and infectious enough for radio and where Wiley sounds perfectly at home until special guest Ms. D delivers the good, but not gangsta grand, hook. Ms. D's back, along with Skepta and JME, on the barnstorming highlight "Can You Hear Me," where steel drums, Latino shout outs, and dubstep drops all combine for a near-perfect floor filler. Almost as good, "Reload" switches out dubstep for good old grime and Chip for Skepta and JME -- Ms. D stays -- but these quirky cool, Black-Eyed-Peas-for-the-streets type thrills don't give goosebumps once the Far East Movement arrive with the shiny and too polished "So Alive." Maybe it's the number of anthems like "Lights On" ("Even if you don't know my name/Me and you bleed exactly the same"), and all the other B or B+ material is blunted by the superior singles, and while the gritty grimetacular "Skillzone" (a gargantuan posse cut with Ghetts, Griminal, Manga, Frisco, Double S, Scratchy, and Big Shizz -- deep breath -- all in the mix) brings reminders of when this snappy rebel was "Wearing My Rolex," it's one the few times the album offers a "punch in the gut." Everything else is more "hands in the air" and from every radio-friendly strain of wonky pop, giving the impression that The Ascent is a mixtape of Wiley features and not a proper album. Think of it that way and it is good enough, or part it out over a month of weekends for best results.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2013
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0825646471232
catalogNumber:
4647123
Rank:
151357

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wiley   Primary Artist
Styalz Fuego   Vocals
Sirach "Angel" Charles   Vocals
Ms D   Vocals
Ariowa Irosogie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babatunde Olatunji   Composer
Syleena Johnson   Composer
Jason Black   Composer
Richard Cowie   Composer
Kid D   Producer
Peter McNulty   Composer
Styalz Fuego   Producer
Dean Robertson   Composer
Matthew Reid   Composer
Wez Clarke   Additional Production
Dayo Olatunji   Composer
Talay Riley   Composer
Kwasi Danquah   Composer
John Gant   Composer
John Woolf   Executive Producer
Joseph Adenuga   Composer
Jamie Adenuga   Composer
Noah Beresin   Composer
Kane Robinson   Composer
Maxwell Ansah   Composer
Xaphoon Jones   Producer
Justin "Ghetts" Clarke-Samuel   Composer
Joshua Ramsey   Composer
Alex Oriet   Producer
Sirach "Angel" Charles   Producer
Daniel Wrigley   Composer
Kassa Alexander   Composer,Additional Production
Kivanc Sezen   Composer
Chris Loco   Producer
Kaelyn Behr   Composer
Anthony Bamgboye   Additional Production
Oladayo Olatunji   Composer
Mike "Scribz" Riley   Producer
Rodney Hwingwiri   Composer
Deshane Cornwall   Composer
Thomas Mellor   Composer,Producer
Michael Orabiyi   Composer
Sirach Charles   Composer
Eddy Leonardo   Cover Photo
Dwayne Vincent   Composer
Bashir Bazanye   Composer
Ariowa Irosogie   Composer
Anton Partridge   Executive Producer
Adele Sande   Composer
Fredrick Taylor   Composer
Kian Joshua Roberts   Composer
Jordan Birch   Composer

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