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All Music Guide
The Ascent is the ninth studio album from U.K. rapper Wiley. Featuring guest appearances from Tulisa, Amelie Sande, Far East Movement, and many more, this is the most accessible and commercial record that he has produced. Packed with dancefloor-filling anthems as well as the chart-toppers "Heatwave" and "Can You Hear Me?," this is Wiley at his peak.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The Ascent is the ninth studio album from U.K. rapper Wiley. Featuring guest appearances from Tulisa, Amelie Sande, Far East Movement, and many more, this is the most accessible and commercial record that he has produced. Packed with dancefloor-filling anthems as well as the chart-toppers "Heatwave" and "Can You Hear Me?," this is Wiley at his peak.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2013
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 825646471232
  • Catalog Number: 4647123
  • Sales rank: 92,451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ascent Intro (3:33)
  2. 2 First Class - Lethal Bizzle (4:01)
  3. 3 Skillzone - Big Shizz (3:21)
  4. 4 Hands in the Air - Tulisa (3:25)
  5. 5 Reload - Chip (3:28)
  6. 6 Chainsaw - Kevanc (3:59)
  7. 7 Heatwave - Ms D (3:15)
  8. 8 So Alive - Far East Movement (2:54)
  9. 9 Lights On - Angel (3:25)
  10. 10 Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) - Ms D (3:53)
  11. 11 Tomorrow - Styalz Fuego (3:40)
  12. 12 My Heart - Emeli Sandé (2:59)
  13. 13 Humble Pie (3:45)
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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
Syleena Johnson Composer
Jason Black Composer
J Man Mastering
Richard Cowie Composer
Kid D Producer
Peter McNulty Composer
Styalz Fuego Producer
Olatunji Composer
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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