In muddy hi-def, LV beef up debut ‘Routes’ with a grass roots handle on tightly knitted futurism. Gritty gold is forged from cast-iron techniques and improvised mergers, entertaining brain cells and hip bones with doughty garage and dubstep, and dripdowns of broken beat and astral soul.
‘Shake’ is chipper and hyped up while and ‘Double Decker Back Seat’ is sneeringly heavyweight – two songs that determine the album’s profile as a minefield not without its bubbles. The trio’s ascent runs in tandem with the progression of (Benin City vocalist) Josh Idehen’s mic persona, posing as grime bovver boy on the eskiish ‘Imminent’, via the best of Roots Manuva, Dubbledge and The Spaceape.
An awesomely designed underground rising.
Words: Matt Oliver
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