Pa Salieu: Send Them to Coventry

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Everything this guy has put out so far is sick, especially if it starts with B:

"Black"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFNtxlEKgFM

"Betty"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhmT77slD78

"Block Boy"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Std1vdUMP3g

I'm basically a UK rap dilettante, so I'm not going to go on at length here—the chrome-plated production is worth dwelling on at some point though—but if the whole tape is this good, this is aoty material.

rob, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 14:57 (three weeks ago) link

don't forget "Bang Out":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3NPhQjjZB0

(i'm assuming it's on the album, which i don't see it on my Spotify yet)

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:18 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah not sure about the track list. I think it comes out Friday, but when I tried to look at it on iTunes I got a weird error message

rob, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 00:37 (three weeks ago) link

He was getting quite a lot of J Hus comparisons last year but he's been developing his own Afro-drill sound since then, which I'm loving. I think his appearance on these tracks won him a lot of new fans. He steals the show on Year Of The Real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0gxarS_DsA

Meekz x M1llionz x Teeway x Pa Salieu - Year of the Real

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awobHDiWY9A

Backroad Gee - Party Popper (ft. Ambush & Pa Salieu)

paolo, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 08:56 (three weeks ago) link

betty is so good

nxd, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 10:29 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks for those paolo—I totally missed the boat on drill so your expertise is appreciated.

"Bang Out" is not on the album according to the Guardian review

Since I'm not sticking to the B theme, "My Family" w/ Backroad Gee is also great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxTV3vODb3s

I can definitely hear the J Hus comp, but they're in such different lanes

rob, Thursday, 12 November 2020 13:41 (three weeks ago) link

love all this. weirdly reminiscent of juvenile circa tha g code, in flow and production and the interplay of the two

adam, Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:51 (three weeks ago) link

Love this lad btw, can't remember if i first came across him here or from my son but looking forward to checking new shiny tunes

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:57 (three weeks ago) link

just going in now, shiny and glossy is definitely the words

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

lads i might just have to listen to "No Warnin'" for an hour

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 14:40 (two weeks ago) link

"Energy" is a beautful closer

excellent set, going to obssess over this for a bit

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 15:12 (two weeks ago) link

what the hell is going on in "No Warnin"?!

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

it's a lot, loping riddim, three or four mood changes, majestic

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

it reminds me of a low temperature version of The Bug's "Fuckaz"

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

The Bug is a good reference -- this is considerably freakier than I was expecting (in a very good way if that's not obv)

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:19 (two weeks ago) link

yeah i swear the earlier tracks i've been into were more conventional drill productions, this tape has this great mix of shiny production values and heavy Afro/Afrobeat sounds and then the Jamaicanesque toasting on "No Warnin'" and it's just a great mash of influences

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

"Over There" is brilliant too. Whole album sounds like it was produced by Anish Kapoor

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

"My Family" is a big track as well, and "Active", this thing covers a lot of ground. "Energy" has this bizarre Phil Collins "Take Me Home" vibe which makes a great closer and is just another strange zig zag

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

I actually haven't quite picked up on the Afro influence as much sound-wise, but this is dancehall album of the year, Anarctica division

every shorter-than-3:00 track leaves me wanting more too

god the bass on "More Paper" !

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

this thing covers a lot of ground

otm, it's tightly cohesive but the moods shift a lot

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

these are first "playing on a loop having a drink" impressions to be fair but there are definitely track where i feel a lot of African sound, i'll try and pick them out next time they come round :D

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

"More Paper" has a very tinkly 80s pop synth sound too! that's definitely a part of this

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

absolutely, the MJ/Dire Straits guitars on "Active" too, it works really well with how cold and dark it all is, adding these little flashes of neon. I can't stand driving these days, but this is making me crave a nighttime drive

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

damn, "My Family" sounds even more immense in context

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

TTM - bleepy 2000s future noises, kinda Future-ish

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

i'm thinking the Afrobeat influence is more in the tracks with that syncopated Afrobeat rhythm rather than in the production itself maybe, and it's in less tracks than i thought at first

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

like "My Family" has that lovely stepping beat but the synths are doing something more Drill-y i guess

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:44 (two weeks ago) link

I'm on "Energy" now and this one def has an Afropop quality, though the outro on "B***k" might've put that idea in my head

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

it's funny how leftfield Energy sounds by the end

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

yeah like i said "Energy" reminds me of 80s Collins/Gabriel channelling Afro sounds for the big ballad closer

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

there's those weird flute-y samples in the background of B***K

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

yeah and you're right literal sample in the outro

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

"Energy" bassline is Pino Palladino ffs

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

i have listened to "Energy" about a dozen times today already btw

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

haha nice. I just started over at the beginning, and No Warnin is still mind-blowing, big up Boy Boy, reminds me I need to look into the Trini dancehall scene

rob, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

is "Active" a single? "Active" wants to be a single

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

This is cracking.

Mr Andy M, Sunday, 15 November 2020 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

lads i still can't stop listening to this

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

otm. Listening now while reading this not-bad pitchfork review: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/pa-salieu-send-them-to-coventry/. I did not know about the drive-by...wild

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

i was talking to my eldest - who grew up in Cov - about him last week and he mentioned the shooting and said "lol Drillers gonna Drill"

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

another thing in my head this week has been echoes of early Tricky in some of the production, depending on mood it's very intimate at the same time as it bangs

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:32 (two weeks ago) link

don't know that it would ever have occurred to me but that slide whistle/flute sound on "B***k" definitely has a Maxinquaye feel

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

I've been lukewarm on Mahalia before, but she really makes "Energy". The video that just came out does a simple but otm trick by switching from b&w to colour when she comes in.

Also, in line with the 80s pop drawing on African sounds production notes, "Energy" reminds me a little of Lizzy Mercier Descloux's Mambo Nassau

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:58 (two weeks ago) link

oh i don't know her, thanks

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

there's a LOT of 80s pop/r'n'b on this, the more i listen to it

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

Mambo Nassau is great, though I won't be surprised if you don't really hear what I'm hearing there (for one thing, it has a heavy US funk/disco influence that is not at all present on the Pa album).

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

"Over There" is really sick, I like how malleable his voice is on it. The beats on this whole album are wild as hell. People who like this should check out M1llionz, the guy featured on "Informa" - he's probably my favourite UK drill rapper right now, has a really subtle, slippery delivery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOzb7zWfJeM

Rollie Pemberton, Thursday, 19 November 2020 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

M1llionz is sick. Y Pree is my fave of his tunes.

paolo, Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:16 (two weeks ago) link

Only just got round to listening to this album and I'm loving it, I've been really impressed by how he's been making this drill/Afro hybrid and I'm really impressed that he's been able to keep the levels up over the course of a mixtape.

Even though I am into drill I can find it quite monotone/relentless so I tend to listen to it for only a short amount of time rather than sitting with it for an hour or so. There's enough variety on this that it can hold my interest for that sort of time, so that's good. Same applies to the Headie One album.

Here's another feature of his from earlier this year because why the hell not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My05cYX_2iM

SL x Pa Salieu - Hit The Block

paolo, Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:23 (two weeks ago) link

this is miles better than headie’s album

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:41 (two weeks ago) link

Love this.

"Energy" bassline is Pino Palladino ffs

― big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Friday, November 13, 2020 12:48 PM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Oh really? Is it a sample or did they get Pino?

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

Headie One album really faltered when he got away from drill. The straightforward rap tracks tend to fall flat on that album. This record does variety in a much more organic way that really works. I enjoyed that SL EP with Kenny Beats earlier this year

Rollie Pemberton, Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

xp sorry Jordan i just meant the sound of it

Bandscamp Fryday (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

i like the Headie One album well enough but it feels very slight compared to this one

Bandscamp Fryday (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

headie's alb was somehow both slight and overlong, with great moments spliced in (mostly the drill tracks and the more playful moments like the aitch collab)

his gang ep w/ fred again, on the other hand, is the only competition with salieu's latest when it comes to visceral, cohesive sonic experiences in uk rap.

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:05 (two weeks ago) link

That Gang EP was awesome. “Charades” is one of my favourite songs of the year and the Jamie xx collab actually worked really well

Rollie Pemberton, Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

such an addictive album is this, lots of ear-worms on it - as they say.

calzino, Friday, 20 November 2020 10:33 (one week ago) link

lol just played Betty 3 times in a row

calzino, Friday, 20 November 2020 10:38 (one week ago) link

might as well go

BOOM NO WARNIN'

on here again instead of Blue Saturday

i'm evangelizing this thing

Bandscamp Fryday (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 November 2020 19:04 (six days ago) link


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