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Roots Manuva - Bleeds Album Review


Roots Manuva is one of the most familiar faces in British hip-hop music. With his 2001 classic album 'Run Come Save Me', which featured the instantly recognisable Witness (1 Hope) and a host of other quality projects before and after that, he's eclectic, influential and has always been one to adapt and push boundaries. 'Bleeds' is his ninth studio album, released through the independent Big Dada label, and Manuva's growth and maturity shines through, with some unexpected musical choices and a modern, diverse approach.

Roots Manuva - Bleeds Album Review

The swelling synthesizers and textured production of opener 'Hard B*****ds' instantly draw you in; Roots Manuva's vocal is passionate and heartfelt, and you can hear his experience even when the more familiar hip-hop and dub sound is put on the back burner. The intensity of 'Crying' makes the track a real standout, and a more aggressive Manuva is definitely successful when tackling the gritty production. The London musician takes influence from a wide variety of music on this album, with some almost Bon Iver-esque vocal melodies on 'Don't Breathe Out' and an interesting electronic soundscape which is, at times, upbeat and uplifting and, at others, sinister and glitchy. 

'Bleeds' is an album with a very cinematic feel. The scope of the production on the relentlessly pounding, slow-paced 'Stepping Hard' is a prime example, with experimental sound effects and dramatic electric guitars adding to the depth of Manuva's tone and writing. The slight trap influence on 'Me Up!' is another unexpected route for Roots Manuva, and the power in his voice makes him sound so authoritative when rapping his verses, and his melodic ability is also to be praised highly on this album. The silky keys and strong message of the jazzy and heartfelt 'Fighting For?' make for a stellar finishing track; the mature, subtle production mixed with Roots Manuva's undeniable skill on the microphone and his sheer class close off a really good album.

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The Horrors Join Line-Up For Standon Calling's 'Wild West' Themed 10th Anniversary


Standon Calling The Horrors Bondax Prides Little Dragon Dandy Warhols Basement Jaxx DJ Yoda The Cuban Brothers Roots Manuva Hercules and Love Affair Ella Eyre

Hertfordshire's most eventful music festival Standon Calling is set to return for its 10th anniversary, and a host of new line-up additions are announced as the event draws nearer; including UK festival favourites The Horrors. Though that's not all you can look forward to.

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Joining the likes of already announced headliners Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx are indie five-piece The Horrors, whose last album 'Luminous' (released in 2014) reached number 6 in the UK albums chart, as well as Dingwalls DJs Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge, electro duo Bondax and Scottish synthpop trio Prides

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Roots Manuva Sunday 9th September 2012 Bestival 2012 held at Robin Hill Country Park - Day Four

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Roots Manuva, Interview


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Having been in the game for nearly twenty years now, Roots Manuva still shows no signs of slowing down. That said, when he's putting in the type of performance he put on when headlining this year's Beacons festival, then who's to blame him?!

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Roots Manuva, 4everevolution Album Review


Word on the street is building that Roots Manuva's forthcoming record 4everevolution is on a par with his best work. The good news is that on the whole it is, navigating around a diverse musical palette, the shining light of UK hip hop has managed to create a compelling and concise hour long state of the nation address.

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Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom, Duppy Writer Album Review


For all the respect paid, and his undoubted influence on British hip hop, there is always a suspicion that Rodney Smith - aka Roots Manuva - was doing less with the more god had given him. At around the time of the release of his second album Run Come Save Me - what with its Mercury Prize nomination and acres of adoring press - it looked like finally there was an artist in possession of the strength of character to take the fight to the US hip hop scene.

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Roots Manuva Thursday 24th September 2009 Arthur's Day, The Guinness 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Storehouse Dublin, Ireland

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Roots Manuva, Let The Spirit Single Review


Single review of Let The Spirit by Roots Manuva.

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Roots Manuva, The Arches, Glasgow Live Review


Roots Manuva live at The Arches in Glasgow on October 9th 2008.

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Roots Manuva Monday 1st September 2008 Roots Manuva performing live at HMV, Oxford Street London, England

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Roots Manuva - Interview


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Roots Manuva - Interview

Roots Manuva is back from the colossal success of ‘Run Come Save Me’ with his new album ‘Awfully Deep’. Roots Manuva’s blend of hip hop with a distinctive British feel and strong Jamaican roots is pushing boundaries and pushing urban music as a whole. He is a pioneer, King of the Underground and national British treasure. I had the good fortune to interview the man.

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Roots Manuva

Date of birth

8th September, 1972

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Musician

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