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Alternately Deep

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Album Review

Roots Manuva's Awfully Deep was a promising record, but it often sounded hamstrung by its protagonist's wish to make an important album statement, one where every note and every word could be carefully considered. Alternately Deep, a compilation of period remixes and singles tracks, could well be a more satisfying listen, because it's relaxed and uncomplicated. The songs may not say as much as their predecessors — even when Mr. Smith proclaims "Don't nobody got no love for Smith" in the first track — but the tracks are far superior; most are produced by Manuva himself, and they hit harder with the digital distortion and bizarre, ringing tones that Big Dada fans know and love.

Biography

Born: 1972 in Stockwell, London, England

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

British rapper/producer Rodney Smith established himself as Roots Manuva in the late '90s and began releasing a series of highly regarded albums through Big Dada. Smith's work was firmly rooted in dub and ragga but also incorporated much of the trip-hop style often associated with Ninja Tune, the U.K. imprint that often distributed Big Dada releases. The MC debuted in 1999 with Brand New Second Hand, a promising album that garnered a sizable amount of attention from the international hip-hop crowd...
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