Thursday 1 March 2012
Making his mark with 1999’s debut Brand New Second Hand, Roots Manuva’s classic gravelly Jamaican flow has never been matched and his complex subject matter and use of language has developed across albums Run Come Save Me, Awfully Deep, Slime & Reason and a number of dub interpretations and remixes of those albums. He has been a mainstay of NZ radio with tunes like Witness (One Hope), Collossal Insight and Let The Spirit dominating both airwaves and clubs still to this day.
His new album is a freshly minted classic. 4everevolution is intense, cutting and clever. Monster tracks such as ‘Watch Me Dance’ are grown up club bangers and is widely believed to be his best album to date. Mr Underatted keeps on delivering — here’s to another decade for the king of gangster pet shop boys.
The good news is that Roots Manuva will be bringing a full live band, setting venues ablaze with five studio albums’ worth of material and giving NZ audiences the first bite of the new tracks live.