Skepta - Konnichiwa

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Gonna ignore the awful title and give this a listen... and its own thread.

Matt DC, Friday, 6 May 2016 17:34 (four years ago) link

first four tracks are pretty amazing

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:07 (four years ago) link

"That's Not Me" is straight :D looking forward to overplaying the rest of this thing for a few months

Pope Is Dad is cucking Frapp tho (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:11 (four years ago) link

only new one i've heard yet is "Man" which is a shade less but still hell yes

Pope Is Dad is cucking Frapp tho (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:13 (four years ago) link

The Pharrell track is actually pretty good. The one with the A$AP twat less so.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 May 2016 12:35 (four years ago) link

i like "it ain't safe" more than the pharrell track, "ladies hit squad" is soooooo bad though

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 7 May 2016 13:29 (four years ago) link

"ladies hit squad" is soooooo bad though

yeah i'm not feeling that one at all. rest is great, but on first pass hearing shutdown and that's not me in there feels like walking right into two towering monoliths in the forest

real orgone kid (NickB), Saturday, 7 May 2016 19:51 (four years ago) link

this is good so far

his younger bro has him beat for wordplay but he conveys a sort of measured menace that you can't teach

Tracks 8 through 12 are where this really takes off for me. Not so keen on 'Numbers' on first listen.

propaganda for the American springtime (tangenttangent), Monday, 9 May 2016 09:49 (four years ago) link

Text Me Back is so lovely <3

eight months pass...

so i remember some of the ilx cru on twitter crowing this winning the mercury prize over bowie as some kinda victory for anti-rockism or w/e but like do people really feel like this is a great album? feels like...competent commercial grime w/lots of current hip hop/pop influences but i dunno, this is not as good as blackstar imo

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:45 (three years ago) link

A lot of grime is like that now, just sort of standard rap beats really without the roots in garage or the cavernous production that made the earlier stuff exciting. It suffers from bad sequencing as well. I wrote something about why it vaguely underwhelmed here:

"I provided all the pies" - a thread for Wiley's 'The Godfather'

A lot of people do love it but it definitely benefited from three great singles and a release date at the exact right point in the zeitgeist.

Matt DC, Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:21 (three years ago) link

great post on the wiley thread, thank u

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:30 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

First Stormzy does a song with Linkin Park and now this :(

paolo, Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:11 (two years ago) link

Everything Skepta's put out since Konnichiwa has been average at best

paolo, Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:12 (two years ago) link

He's dead good live though

paolo, Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:12 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

fully agree w/paolo's post above, but.... he was actually involved with some p good tunes this year. (can't bring myself to post the jumpy remix because chip)

||||||||, Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:13 (one year ago) link

One of the reasons he's been so average lately is because he stopped spitting over grime-tempo beats ages ago, and jumping onto afrobeats/drill/US rap just exposes his limitations as an MC. That Wizkid tune is great but it isn't great because of Skepta.

Matt DC, Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:01 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

New album out at the month and these tunes are pretty decent, both produced by the man himself I believe. Nafe Smallz can do one though

paolo, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:13 (one year ago) link

has JME retired

||||||||, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:24 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

The album is a bit hit and miss but overall more hit than miss for me (even the Murder On The Dancefloor sampling garage track - good to see B Live back). It's more consistent than Konnichiwa, doesn't have any standout bangers like Shutdown or Man which is fine by me. The US rappers don't really add anything though

paolo, Sunday, 9 June 2019 10:58 (eleven months ago) link

Looking at Skepta's whole career he's been a better producer than an MC. I'm old enough to remember when Doin It Again came out and people were talking about whether he should drop the MCing and stick to producing :(

paolo, Sunday, 9 June 2019 11:01 (eleven months ago) link

I like this a lot more than I expected to, grimness of the Ike Turner line notwithstanding.

Matt DC, Sunday, 9 June 2019 13:44 (eleven months ago) link

I guess we’re a long way from eat the cake Annie Mae

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 10 June 2019 01:06 (eleven months ago) link

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