8 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I tell stories better than J.K. Rowling,” boasts Bugzy Malone over “Sniper”’s murky beats. That might be stretching it, but the Mancunian is certainly one of grime’s superior narrators. Whether he’s firing out provocative braggadocio (“King of the North”) or meditating on the long-rippling effects of one bad decision (“Make or Break”), he laces his measured flow with magnetic detail and drama. The music has depth and soulfulness to match, particularly on “Memory Lane” where Tom Grennan’s bluesy growl adds a bittersweet hook to an urgent rush of strings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I tell stories better than J.K. Rowling,” boasts Bugzy Malone over “Sniper”’s murky beats. That might be stretching it, but the Mancunian is certainly one of grime’s superior narrators. Whether he’s firing out provocative braggadocio (“King of the North”) or meditating on the long-rippling effects of one bad decision (“Make or Break”), he laces his measured flow with magnetic detail and drama. The music has depth and soulfulness to match, particularly on “Memory Lane” where Tom Grennan’s bluesy growl adds a bittersweet hook to an urgent rush of strings.

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