Verbals by A to the L
Champions Of Nature – Salsa Smurf (Wordplay)
This looks like being the next single from the new Word Lab 2 compilation. In the album review I said that I didn’t really feel this, but I have to admit that after a few listens here, its started to grow on me. Still not a classic by any means, and that damn Salsa Smurf vocoder chorus still gets on my wick. On the flipside is a track called ‘Jazzy Styles’, which uses an old refrain from a Jazzy Jay session, that I ain’t heard in a long time.
RATING: 7 / 10

Roots Manuva – Witness (Big Dada)
Heavy heavy bass sounds and electro tinged effects on this one. ‘Witness’ is the first single from Roots’ new “Run Come Save Me” longplayer which is due to drop later this month. Check the albums section soon for a review of that. But back to this… Roots matches the incredible beats with his own ragga influenced flow, providing a mesh of lyrics and beats that could come out of nowhere else but the UK. (“Taskmaster burst, The bionic zit splitter / Breakneck speed, we drown ten pints of bitter.”) Classic. And whats more you get a nice ass laidback remix by Part 2, and an exclusive third track ‘Son Of The Soil’ which is equally banging.
RATING: 9 / 10

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