Who are we to comment on the God/forefather of UK Hip-Hop, Roots Manuva’s latest single Don’t Breathe Out, when he does it so eruditely himself, saying
“Lyrical rogue values in neo-spiritual rare groove, rehash bash on the edge of the funk that made the soul, but seek to refine a modern approximation of ‘Gospel for the out of box thinkers’. Let the funk forgive us for failing to work with the basic mechanism of ‘clap, sing, rap celebrate in the mutated shades of ragga funk, dub funk, techno funk future timeless travel on the lay lines of soul hip-hop fascination.’”
Taken from his album Bleeds, out October 30th via Big Dada, it’s a left turn from the records previous single One Thing, it’s a more soulful, accessible trip, washed over with Barry White samples and fidgety percussion, and featuring the usual lyrical Manuva’s (see what I did there) and social commentary.
His place at the top table is far from threatened.